January 29, 2013

North Korea Tests China and the World

Shim Jae Hoon, Yale Global

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Repeating the past, North Korea's young ruler Kim Jong Un has threatened the US and South Korea with dire consequences for opposition to the nation's missile adventurism. In a break from the past, Kim issued thinly disguised criticism of North Korea's principal benefactors - China and Russia. The latest turn in North Korea's brinkmanship will test China's newly installed party Secretary General Xi Jinping. In strident responses to UN Security Council's January 24 resolution stiffening sanctions over the December rocket launch, the North claims it's ending talks over denuclearization efforts; it will also conduct a new underground nuclear test of a "high level" device, predicted to target the United States.

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TAGGED: Park Geun-hye, South Korea, China, Kim Jong-un, North Korea

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