Saturday, December 25, 2010

North Korea

North Korea, which carried out nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009, has yet to show it has a deliverable weapon as part of its plutonium arms programme, but a third test would raise tensions further on the divided peninsula and rattle global markets. South Korean media reported earlier this month that the North was digging a tunnel in preparation for a nuclear test.

IMO: Surely the 'shock and awe' campaign by the US on Iraq, made it clear that the attempted threats by small nations using nuclear or the easier bioweapons could lead to the smaller nation simply receiving the result of a very heavy nuclear hit but by slightly more acceptable non nuclear means. Germany has been able to make very large fuel-air bombs for many years, for example. And in fact Iraq turned out not even to have a WMD apparently. One reason this sort of thing can so easily happen could be the suppression of news to the public in areas like North Korea. And we must hope that suppression of people like Assange may not make things worse in the West.

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