Friday, May 25, 2007
North Korea’s Real Target Was Washington
The missiles that North Korea test-fired Friday–modified, longer-range versions of Chinese-built, Silkworm anti-ship missiles– were physically aimed at Japan but politically directed at the United States.
When all is said and done, the Stalinist/Kimist regime–which is protected and sustained by China–is still fighting the Korean War. The North will not rest until it succeeds in driving the US military from the Korean Peninsula.
But America’s accommodating, dumbbell diplomats are likely to downplay the importance of Pyongyang’s fresh provocation.
The party line by the US State Department will probably be that while the incident is “not helpful,” we should take comfort in the fact that the missiles launched towards the Sea of Japan Friday were of the shorter-range variety and not Rodong or Taepodong 1 ballistic missiles. Merely routine exercises, the diplomats and their friendly media mouthpieces will assure us. Besides, they will remind us, the North has signed onto nuclear disarmament; excessive criticism of the test-firings could kill the deal, or at least complicate matters needlessly.
And so on and so forth.
Last month, North Korea used a massive military parade to display a newly developed ballistic missile capable of reaching the US territory of Guam.
In July of last year, North Korea–or the DPRK, as US Assistant Secretary of State delights in calling the giant concentration camp–test-fired a salvo of short and longer reange missiles, including the Taepodong-2, which can reach parts of the US.
Pyongyang provoked the US again in October with its first-ever explosion of a nuclear device. (China Confidential predicted the nuclear test–to the day.)
The State Department and its friends in the US foreign policy establishment responded true to form–by making the case that the nuclear detonation actually showed that North Korea has yet to develop a deliverable nuclear weapon.
In Frebruary, North Korea agreed to begin dismantling its nuclear program. But the regime blew off a key deadline and remains in clear violation of the flawed accord.
In addition to its nuclear and missile programs, North Korea has a robust biological weapons program that the US and the international community have decided to ignore.
North Korea Stages Fresh Provocation
North Korea fired a salvo of short-range missiles towards the Sea of Japan on Friday morning, Kyodo news agency said, quoting Japanese and American officials.
Pyongyang’s provocation comes nearly a year after its July 2006 test-firing of ballistic and short-range missiles.