Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Nuclear Fallout

In case anyone is interested, here's the official announcement (in English) of North Korea's apparently successful nuclear test (from the Korean Central News Agency of DPRK, Oct. 9):
DPRK Successfully Conducts Underground Nuclear Test

Pyongyang, October 9 (KCNA) -- The Korean Central News Agency released the following report: The field of scientific research in the DPRK successfully conducted an underground nuclear test under secure conditions on October 9, Juche 95 (2006) at a stirring time when all the people of the country are making a great leap forward in the building of a great prosperous powerful socialist nation.
It has been confirmed that there was no such danger as radioactive emission in the course of the nuclear test as it was carried out under a scientific consideration and careful calculation.
The nuclear test was conducted with indigenous wisdom and technology 100 percent. It marks a historic event as it greatly encouraged and pleased the KPA and people that have wished to have powerful self-reliant defence capability.
It will contribute to defending the peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in the area around it.

The English, as always, is bad. Regular readers of the KCNA may notice, however, a couple of interesting points about this announcement--or, rather, may notice something missing. The first thing I noticed is a complete lack of antagonism toward any of North Korea's enemies (perceived or real). It mentions "self-reliant defense capability", but rather studiously avoids naming names (the "imperialist" Americans, their Japanese "lackeys", and the "traitors" in the south, for example). There are no overt threats at all in the statement, a far cry from previous statements which have pretty much assured nuclear holocaust for anyone who dared mess with them.

Meanwhile, in the short-term at least, the clear 'loser' in this current development has to be a red-faced China, who has yet to show that it belongs on the same stage as the other major players. Talk is cheap, and that's about all China can hope to do right now. South Korea's "sunshine policy" has shown them to be bigger dupes than previous American administrations, and the current U.S. government seems to be just plain impotent when it comes to North Korea. The clear 'winner' in the short-term has to be Japan's new prime minister, Shinzo Abe, who wants to change Japan's constitution to allow for a real military presence and an expanded role on the world stage. North Korea's nuclear test has opened up a clear path for him.

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  1. Kyclops,

    Nice blog. I've noticed that you were able to put "contact me" on the side bar , below your profile name and above your blog links.

    On my own blog, I have two lines below my(our) profile name, but just empty space in between. It's quite annoying.

    I'm new to the blogger world. Can you teach me how to put stuff inbetween that space?

  2. Tim, I've sent you an email. "Comments" doesn't allow me to write the html necessary to answer your question.

  3. The nuclear test was conducted with indigenous wisdom and technology 100 percent.


  4. Eli, sometimes in a flight of fancy I like to imagine that NK's English translators are actually abducted Japanese...

  5. This NK stuff is sounding more and more like a cry for help. Now they consider sanctions and act of war? Nobody else does, you idiots. Any act of agression in response to sanctions would be the excuse for outside parties to wipe Mr Ronery off the map. He can't possibly be serious.

  6. Mr. Angry, that's the way they generally talk to anyone about anything. Who knows if they're serious , or not...? I'm sympathetic to the fact that some people here don't feel like finding out.