posted on Oct, 3 2006 @ 04:53 PM
The government of North Korea has officially announced that it will soon conduct it's first underground nuclear test. Western politicians have
dreaded this event for quite some time. We should expect the world to be a different place after it happens.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea triggered global alarm on Tuesday by saying it will conduct a nuclear test, a key step in the manufacture of
atomic bombs that it views as a deterrent against any U.S. attack. But the North also said it was committed to nuclear disarmament, suggesting a
willingness to negotiate.
The contradictory statement fits a North Korean pattern of ratcheting up tension on the Korean Peninsula, a Cold War-era flashpoint, in an attempt to
win concessions such as economic aid. The strategy has had mixed results in recent years as the totalitarian regime sinks deeper into isolation and
poverty, with China serving as its lifeline for food and fuel.
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The world is about to be a very different place. With Iranian officials on hand to watch North Korea enter the "nuclear club," Western diplomats
will be hard pressed to resolve conflicts with those countries. It's very likely to be the case that Iran will benefit from this test. We should not
be surprised to see a test detonation inside Iran within two years.
With operational nuclear capability, it is likely that North Korea will consider exporting that technology to regimes hostile to the United States.
We should not be at all surprised to learn that this includes Venezuela. As this new Cold War unfolds, I hope to hear from American leaders who are
willing to put more money in to a working missile shield.
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