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North Korea Goes Critical

Sunday, October 8, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The AP:

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – South Korean government officials said North Korea performed its first-ever nuclear weapons test Monday, the South’s Yonhap news agency reported.

South Korean officials could not immediately confirm the report.

South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun convened an urgent meeting of security advisers over the issue, Yonhap reported.

The North said last week it would conduct a nuclear test as part of its deterrent against a possible U.S. invasion.

The Clinton-Kim 1994 Agreement, midwifed by Jummy Carter, bears its fruit.

How long until the gangster regime sells its wares to jihadists?

The Atlantic Monthly would do a great public service if it would make last month’s Robert Kaplan cover story on North Korea available for everyone to read. (Update: The article is here.)

Key graphs:

What should concentrate the minds of American strategists is not Kim’s missiles per se but rather what his decision to launch them says about the stability of his regime. Middle- and upper-middle-level U.S. officers based in South Korea and Japan are planning for a meltdown of North Korea that, within days or even hours of its occurrence, could present the world

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