Sunday, April 5, 2009

North Korea Launches Missile; U.N. Security Council to Meet: Here We Go Again

North Korea launched a missile that might be a communications launch vehicle (North Korea's version) or a missile which could deliver a nuclear bomb (quite a few other nations' version).

Now, the United Nations Security Council is going to talk about it, and national leaders will say what they think about it. President Obama already has. He doesn't approve.

I can't say I'm too happy about the situation myself.

The Associated Press ran an op-ed that may have hit the nail on the head: North Korea wants something. That's why they did that test-firing.

It's too early to tell what Dear Leader wants. It could be money, one-on-one talks between North Korea and America, lifting of U.N. sanctions, a crate of lobsters: I'd say that almost anything's possible.

That one-on-one meeting with the American government is a big deal for North Korea's leadership. America has been meeting (or trying to) with North Korea, as part of a six-nation arrangement. That doesn't give North Korea the status it would get if North Korean diplomats had a private meeting with American diplomats.

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