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The DPRK did a very calculated insult of China with the nuke test. They tested the weapon on October 9th. The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (i.e. all the bigwigs) was holding its Sixth Plenary Session in Beijing from October 8-11.

The entire Chinese leadership is sitting in Beijing ready to do some serious work on their issues, when Kim Jong Il crashes the party with a nuke. Talk about winning friends and influencing people....


"In 1994, the Clinton Administration very nearly took the United States to war over North Korea's nuclear weapons program, based on plutonium enrichment. Thankfully, the DPRK backed down.

Hmm. Why, exactly, is this a fortunate event other than the obvious?

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