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North Korea announced Thursday that it will immediately resume operations of its plutonium-based nuclear facilities as a result of recent U.S. oil suspensions, adding to already growing tensions with the United States.

This announcement comes just days after the U.S. seized a North Korean ship in the Arabian Sea carrying a shipment of Scud missiles to Yemen.

North Korea, named as a member of the 'axis of evil' by George W. Bush, will reopen these facilities for the first time since a 1994 freeze with the United States was made. In November, the Bush administration disclosed that North Korea had admitted it has a secret program to enrich uranium that could be used to make nuclear bombs.

We'll discuss this frightening development with former U.S. Ambassador to China James Lilley. An expert on Asia, Lilley is currently a Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington.

Plus, according to an intelligence report received recently by U.S. officials, Islamic militants with ties to Al Qaeda, have taken a shipment of deadly chemical weapons out of Iraq. We'll ask FOX News Channel Foreign Affairs Analyst Mansoor Ijaz to give us the details.

And later, as we continue our review of the year 2002, we'll look back at the Chandra Levy mystery and the terrible news her parents received this year.

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--The Associated Press contributed to this report.