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Monday, June 19, 2006

Watch Out - Or Somebody's Going To Get A Letter!

North Korea is rattling it's sabre again. They must have already blown through the last payoff we gave them. From Digital Chosunilbo:
Warnings that North Korea appears close to test-firing an intercontinental missile are escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula. North Korea appears to have completed injecting liquid fuel into a long-range ballistic missile, the final stage before the launch, intelligence authorities in the U.S. and Korea said Sunday. That signals a turning point this week since the missile should either be fired or the fuel removed within 24 hours of fuel injection. All that remains is “the click of a button,” a Foreign Ministry official said.
Lovely. Japan is all kinds of pissed off about it:
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso warned if the missile is dropped on Japan, “it will be regarded as an attack."
Wow! Japan is talking tough, so you're thinking "Cool! Go Japan!" Not so fast. Japan plans to respond to any such an attack by "refer[ing] the matter to the UN Security Council for sanction." Oh good grief. It'll probably go something like this:
Kim Jong Il: Hans Brix? Oh no! Oh, herro. Great to see you again, Hans!

Hans Blix: Mr. Il, I was supposed to be allowed to inspect your palace today, but your guards won't let me enter certain areas.

Kim Jong Il: Hans, Hans, Hans! We've been frew this a dozen times. I don't have any weapons of mass destwuction, OK Hans?

Hans Blix: Then let me look around, so I can ease the UN's collective mind. I'm sorry, but the UN must be firm with you. Let me in, or else.

Kim Jong Il: Or else what?

Hans Blix: Or else we will be very angry with you... and we will write you a letter, telling you how angry we are.

That oughtta show'em Japan! Go get'em! I'm sure, as always, the boys at Turtle Bay will turn out to be U.N.eeded and U.N.ecessary.

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