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Subject: Have Yourself A Murky New Year
SYSOP    1/13/2013 10:52:42 AM
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trenchsol       1/14/2013 7:47:46 AM
Politics is not mathematics, friends are not friends all the time, and enemies are not always enemies.
I am not sure that early warning is a sign of courtesy or respect. It might be just what it is, a warning.
At the moment, the most imminent threat for North Korean independence, and for their ruling 'elite' comes from China. China is influencing and infiltrating North Korea heavily, and rulers are unable to do anything about it. At any moment China might decide to replace them with more convenient pro-Chinese faction. And they have real chance to succeed. I am quite sure that NK leadership would love to make a nice public execution of pro-Chinese faction members, but they can't afford themselves to do that.
On the other hand, a war with United States and Japan is very unlikely. South Korea might be more eager, but, being a democracy, it is hard to expect that their parliament would approve that at the moment. 
So, in the meantime, they are staging those nuclear fireworks.
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