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              Secretary of State John Kerry, left, is welcomed on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., right, and the committee  Secretary of State John Kerry, left, is welcomed on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., right, and the committee's ranking Democrat, Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., prior to testifying before the committee's hearing in the hope of persuading Congress to not forge any new economic sanctions on Iran that could break the recent historic agreement that would end Iran’s progress toward weapons-grade uranium. The deal struck in Geneva prohibits the Obama administration from introducing new sanctions for six months. Iran's foreign minister has said any new package of commercial restrictions would break the agreement. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)   

Did you know North Korea has nuclear weapons? Then you’re one up on John Kerry

Well, he probably knows they do now. But he didn’t when ABC’s Martha Raddatz interviewed him for This Week. Which happened, confusingly enough, last week.

Emphasis mine:

“Um, this is the nature of this ruthless, horrendous dictatorship and of his insecurities.  And — and I think we — we need to factor that into the urgency of getting China, Russia, Japan, South Korea, all of us, uh, to stay on the same page and to put as much effort into the denuclearization as possible.  To have a nuclear weapon, potentially, in the hands of somebody like Kim Jong In — Jun — just becomes even more unacceptable.”

Either Raddatz doesn’t know North Korea has nukes already — not “potentially,” but right freaking now — or she just didn’t want to embarrass Kerry. Given the job she did as moderator during the Biden/Ryan debate, either possibility is equally likely.

(Hat tip: Michael Warren)