North Korea ended years of speculation, on behalf of many nations, by testing a nuclear device underground. Now it’s for certain–North Korea is new a member of the Asian Nuclear Club!
Timed for maximum political impact–the test occurred on the ninth anniversary of Kim Jong’s-il reign as leader of this Worker’s Party. His neighbors in China, Japan, and South Korea, look at this event as the verification of “bad news” which they had often suspected.
One class of North Korean missiles (the short range ones) can hit targets in Japan, and South Korea, as well as hit some areas of American interest. Longer range missiles are still under development and yet to be deployed.
Despite all the bad news, President Bush is seeking a peaceful settlement to the situation–while also keeping all options open to him as commander in chief. The United Nations is busy seeking solutions at this time.