November 26th, 2007
Rumor has it that North Korea might be on the verge of collapse. According to the Weekly Standard, the fall is predicted within six months’ time.
As always, there’s a catch:
A recent article in the Washington Post details how it has become far easier and more common for North Koreas to find ways of getting out of their country. How much money you have determines how arduous and circuitous your escape route might be.
How much money you have also determines whether you can escape or not in the first place, which means that those remaining under Kim Jong-Il’s heavy thumb will also be the most downtrodden among North Korean society.
So what do you get if you cull the loudest, most belligerent sheep out of the herd? A flock of complacent sheep too sheepish to bleat no matter how badly they’re treated.
And, really, isn’t that what the Beloved Leader wanted in the first place?
October 17th, 2006
CNN reports that North Korea may be preparing a second nuclear test:
North Korea may be preparing to conduct a second nuclear test, a U.S. official with access to intelligence information said Tuesday.
The official says that activity at a second nuclear site in North Korea is looking very similar to activity seen at another site just before the October 9 nuclear test.
The official said buildings and other structures are being fabricated at this second site, possibly in an effort to hide activities from spy satellites.
“It would not be unreasonable to assume the North Koreans are planning a second test,” White House press secretary Tony Snow said Tuesday.
The intelligence official said there are also reports of statements from senior North Korean military officials saying that the government intends to conduct multiple tests.
UPDATE: Meanwhile, North Korea calls last week’s U.N. sanctions a “declaration of war.”