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CNN Radio News Day: April 2, 2013
Workers remove fuel rods from the Yongbyon nuclear reactor in North Korea in February 2008. This image was one of a series taken during a trip to North Korea from February 23 to February 27, 2008 under the auspices of the New York Philharmonic's performance there.
April 2nd, 2013
04:31 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: April 2, 2013

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • After weeks of threats, North Korea has declared action. The country announced today it will restart a nuclear reactor that it shut down five years ago. The freeze of the nation's nuclear program in 2008 was seen as a gesture of compromise with the United States and South Korea. But Tuesday's announcement from Pyongyang sends the opposite message. CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanour says there are a lot of unknowns:

"The question now is 'what are their capabilities? How long would it take them to rebuild the cooling tower,and is the actual plant capable of immediately starting-up again? Most experts don't believe so." 

  • There was more action today on the U.S. gun debate. The NRA has released a 225-page report as Connecticut lawmakers preparing to pass some of the strictest gun control measures in the country. The gist of the NRA's task force recommendations come down to a push for tighter security in schools. Former U.S. attorney Asa Hutchinson chaired the task force, and says that would mean more guns in the hands of trained personnel:

"Teachers should teach but if there is someone willing to go through this training...that is an appropriate resource the school should be able to utilize."

  • Suspected computer hacking out of China, Russia and North Korea already worry U.S. cyber experts. Now with Iran making strides in cyber attacks, there's a renewed a push for cyber security legislation to be passed. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) failed last year. But some lawmakers and academics feel now's the time for it to get through, despite privacy concerns. James Lewis, senior fellow with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, says the problem is political:

"People are so nervous...you had the surveillance program in the previous administration, and people are worried in general about their privacy on the internet that it makes it an emotional issue.  How do we get around that. That's the political problem."

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  1. Rick The Wrench

    Here is a FACT for you. Back in the early 1960's we lived in a normal Canadian mid-size city and my sister rode public bus service everyday to and from school.
    She was also a member of the High Schools Gun club and once a week took her 22 caliber rifle to SCHOOL, ON PUBLIC TRANSIT, FULL OF MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC.
    Not in a case just on a strap over her shoulder.
    The bus driver caller he Annie Okley.
    Everybody knew that the GUN wasn't going to JUMP UP IN THE AIR and start shooting everyone on the bus.
    What do you think may have caused what used to be a NORMAL situation become FEARED by so many "IN ONE GENERATION"?
    It could not have happened by ACCIDENT, could it?

    April 2, 2013 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |