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Tuesday, October 10, 2006


The North Korean "threat"

Widely reported on TV news and in some print media is the claim that North Korea has "threatened a nuclear missile attack if trade and financial sanctions are not dropped." Read the fine print:
"We hope the situation will be resolved before an unfortunate incident of us firing a nuclear missile comes," an unnamed North Korean official told South Korea's Yonhap news agency.
An "unnamed" official, eh? Seems like a funny way to deliver a "threat." That is, if you even consider the formulation of that alleged conversation a "threat," which is questionable, and if it is a threat, there doesn't appear to be any linkage to the dropping of trade and financial sanctions; the unnamed official could well have meant that that missile might be a response to an American bombing or attempted bombing of weapons sites within North Korea.

None of this, naturally, will prevent the American people from hearing repeatedly about this "threat" we need to respond to.

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