Sunday, February 10, 2013

North Korea May Cancel Nuclear Test

Is it deja vu all over again?  And we thought that they would delay the missile launch and instead launched on Dec 12.  Fool me once, fool me twice.

Then again, perhaps the regime's twisted sense of humor is along the lines of "let's just see what kind of reaction we can stir up in the international community."  Or maybe let's deliberately stir something up and try to somehow embarrass the US and its allies.

Then again, maybe this is the nuclear form of "creeping normalcy."  In just the same way they have moved 70% of its military force to the frontline areas over the past few decades and it has just become "accepted" and all of the intelligence indicators and warnings have at one time or another been activated and yet nothing has yet become of them, perhaps the regime is playing this game to desensitize us with rumors of a nuclear test so that we will get tired of crying wolf and then one day when we are ignoring them they will go ahead and test.

But who knows?  All I can say for sure is that we cannot expect the grime to function as a normal state in the international community and we had better keep that in mind in all our dealings with it.

North Korea May Cancel Nuclear Test
North Korea's earlier nuclear tests were in 2006 and 2009
By VASUDEVAN SRIDHARAN: Subscribe to Vasudevan's RSS feed
February 10, 2013 7:03 AM GMT

Video grab from KCNA shows Unha-3 rocket launch at North Korea's West Sea Satellite Launch Site (Reuters)

North Korea has hinted it may halt preparations for a third nuclear test as the country's mouthpiece says the outside world has misinterpreted Pyongyang's recent announcements.

"The US and hostile forces jumped to conclusions that the republic is planning the third nuclear test, citing their hypothesis and argument," said the propaganda weekly, Tongil Sinbo.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had vowed to take "substantial and high-profile important state measures" over the ongoing speculation about a nuclear test in the country. The remarks were widely seen as a direct reference to an imminent nuclear test, although Kim did not say so explicitly.

The latest report in the weekly, however, warns that the US and other countries do not know what Pyongyang means by important measures - whether it is the much-feared nuclear test or something even worse.

The mouthpiece says that the measures "are aimed at safeguarding its national interest and not at threatening anyone", adding: "It remains to be seen what the important state measures are, though it is clear that any US reactions to them may prove to be only irrevocable losses."

Only a week ago, Pyongyang was forced to remove a promotional video that reportedly showed a city attacked by North Korean missiles. The city was indirectly referred to as New York.
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