THE FIRST AMENDMENT
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Updated: March 1, 2013 7:38PM
We cannot always count on North Korea being as inept as it is belligerent.
The country’s supreme military body, the National Defense Commission, said a planned third underground nuclear test was part of an “all-out action” against the United States, which it called the “main player” behind the newest round of United Nations sanctions aimed at getting Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons program.
By calling the U.S. the “main player,” North Korea flatters us. Most of its neighbors have an even greater interest in seeing the erratic little nation give up its nuclear ambitions.
North Korea now claims to have a missile that could reach the United States. To underscore the point, they announced a program to develop a generation of long-range rockets capable of striking this country. However, they appear to be some years away from miniaturizing a nuclear warhead that the rockets could carry.
The commission said the missile tests and the proposed underground nuclear test represented “a new phase of the anti-U.S. struggle that has lasted century after century” and targeted “the U.S., the sworn enemy of the Korean people.”
Like many North Korean pronouncements, this one doesn’t make sense, but the emotion behind it is unmistakable.
North Korea’s new leader, Kim Jong Un, the third generation of his family to head the nation, is still an unknown quantity, but the early going suggests he is no more amenable to reason than his father.
The nation survived on threats and bluster, some of it comic, to blackmail the world into feeding its starving people. But a nuclear arsenal changes that equation.
We must redouble our efforts to have China, Pyongyang’s only friend, rein in Kim.
Otherwise, there will come a day when the U.S. will have to take these threats as something other than harmless bluster and act accordingly.
Scripps Howard News Service