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North Korea Carries Out Nuclear Test

Well it looks like North Korea have actually gone and carried out a nuclear test so no more wondering whether or not they have 'The Bomb'. Of course the good news is that their bomb probably isn't as big as anyone's bomb. I'm sure Japan and South korea will be sleeping easy in 'that' knowledge!

Now to see how the world responds to the threat. I've long said that America should have been more worried about North Korea than Iraq and they should certainly be more worried about NK than Iran - especially now!!!

We live in interesting times.

North Korea Claims Nuclear Test (BBC News Online; Monday 9th October 2006)
Shock Waves From N Korea Test (BBC News Online; Monday 9th October 2006)
Text of N Korea's Annoucnement (BBC News Online; Monday 9th October 2006)
and loads more...


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Oct. 9th, 2006 08:44 am (UTC)
Problem is.

North Korea had a long history of being open to Diplomatic Bribery, and the US has taken full advantage of this, tying aid into its negotiations for decades. Problem was that now the NK have worked out that this was the ONLY bargaining chip the US had and finally called the bluff.

I would like to think that this will be solved diplomatically. I am certain that if the US takes military action the problem would not be NK but China. And I think that the solution has to come from China here... Which would rankle the US.

I would like to think that, but I am not certain due to the religious and right wing fundamentalism that seems to be driving Bush's policies (or at least the policies of the guys that run his presidency)... Still there are few natural resources to be exploited, so the chances of a military solution are low (Not that the shit in the middle east was about oil... Oh No...)
Oct. 9th, 2006 09:49 am (UTC)
The oil argument fails in lots of ways though. If it was all about oil then the US could just have kept control of Kuwaiti oil fields in 1991 instead of paying market prices for Kuwaiti oil since then (or alternatively could have moved all their troops onto Iraqi oil fields them). Or it would have been a lot cheaper to - instead of sending troops - to have given in to French and German desires to lift economic sanctions on Iraq throughout the 1990s. All of which would have provided cheap oil.

No doubt Iraq's natural resources make it strategically important, but it's not as if the US couldn't buy their oil beforehand and have suddenly got a hugely greater supply by invading.
Oct. 9th, 2006 09:58 am (UTC)
Worrying developments. If there was ever a loose cannon in international politics it's North Korea. The worry is what options there are for the international community to bring to bear in response. The North Korean government obviously couldn't care less about the welfare of its own population, so economic sanctions are limited, and they're so isolationist and irrational that any kind of condemnation is just going to be ignored. Then again, a military option is obviously a difficult one to take because the North Korean government is crazy enough to just nuke something in response.
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Oct. 9th, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC)
So, do you reckon China will use they power over NK plus their superior (and uncommitted) military might in the region to offer the US a deal in which they sort out NK in return for the US not interferring with any future incursions to bring Taiwan back in-line with the motherland?
Oct. 9th, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC)
What's somewhat ironic is the UN have just annouced a South Korean as the next Secretary General.

Now that will either further fan the flames of the NK/Sk divide or maybe actually help smooth relations a little. But with a US friendly Secretary General in the UN will the US have better leverage?

Oct. 9th, 2006 06:37 pm (UTC)
Korea detonate a nuclear device-

The US say "This is a great danger from the axis of evil."

China says "This could destabalise the entire pernisula."

France says "Pah - You call that a bomb!"

John (who knows about such things from preveious work we are not allowed to talk about) wet himself laughing when I told him how big the estimate yield was!
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