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The Breakthrough That Wasn’t

So much for that diplomatic opening. North Korea, after briefly signaling flexibility on its nuclear program (again), is up to its old tricks. The Financial Times reports:

South Korean and US officials fear North Korea could be preparing to detonate a nuclear bomb for the third time to coincide with the imminent launch of a long-range rocket.

North Korea has already moved a rocket to a launch-pad in the north-west of the country, arguing it is going to put a satellite into orbit around April 15, to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Kim Il-sung, founder of the nation. It plans to launch it between April 12 and 16.

South Korea, Japan and the US have condemned the launch, arguing North Korea is advancing military ballistics under the smokescreen of building a satellite programme.

Nothing new here. The U.S. has been trying to deal with these sorts of shenanigans from the Democratic People’s Republic for 20 years with no success. (On the other hand, in those 20 years, South Korea has become a strong democracy.) These latest pyrotechnics simply mark the maintenance of the status quo, with no sign of real change anytime soon.

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  • vanderleun

    As the ancient one says, “Fools rush in where fools have been before.”

  • Walter Sobchak

    Sigh. Want to take bets on the negotiations with Iran?

  • Brett

    Ha! Did this news come before or after the US and South Korea sent them additional food aid?

  • Mallory Margueron

    With a new regime in North Korea, negotiations had to be tried. Call it dipping one’s toe in the water.

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