North Korea Reinstates its “Missile Tests for Unbridled Attention” Program

Lest you think that Bush’s latest foreign policy blunders are reserved to Iraq, Kim Jong ll throws another hissy fit:

North Korea test-fired a volley of short-range missiles today amid growing frustration in Pyongyang with the tougher stance taken by South Korea since the start of a new conservative government last month. […]

Coming a day after Pyongyang expelled South Korean officials from a joint industrial zone, the missile test has been interpreted by some analysts as an expression of anger.

I guess this means those six party talks the Bush Administration demanded, that we were told were working so well, aren’t quite performing as planned:

After a period of relative calm on the peninsular, there are signs of increasing frustration at the impasse of six-party nuclear disarmament talks.

The US and North Korea have been unable to agree on Pyongyang’s alleged uranium programme and transfer of nuclear technology to Syria.

In a statement carried by the North’s Korean Central News Agency, the government denied both allegations.

“The US side is playing a poor trick to brand (the North) as a criminal at any cost in order to save its face,” the statement said.

“Should the US delay the settlement of the nuclear issue, persistently trying to cook up fictions, it will seriously affect the disabling of nuclear facilities.”

So this week, first Iraq crumbles like the house of cards it was, and it appears that North Korea is doing its best imitation of that. Could somebody tell me where any Bush Administration diplomacy has worked?

One Response to “North Korea Reinstates its “Missile Tests for Unbridled Attention” Program”

  1. You know, it almost sounds as though we need a leader who is willing to sit down and actually meet face to face with leaders like Kim Jong Il, yeah? Who could possibly fit that bill?

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