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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

North Korea wants U.S. attention

Could it be any clearer that North Korea wants our attention?
United Nations Security Council members on Wednesday discussed a draft resolution proposed by Japan -- and backed by the United States and Britain -- that demands countries cut off any money or materials that could be used for North Korea's missile program, diplomats said.

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North Korea fired seven missiles Wednesday, one long-range and five shorter-range missiles beginning shortly after 3:30 a.m. (2:30 p.m. Tuesday ET) and a seventh missile around 5:20 p.m. (4:20 a.m. ET) Wednesday.
Well, the missile firings appear to have achieved their intended effect: the U.S. and world news media are focusing on North Korea, as are the governments of nations like Japan, South Korea, and of course, ours.

The Bush administration has so far done a poor job of dealing with North Korea. The administration doesn't even appear to have a strategy for negotiating with Pyongyang beyond insisting on multilateral talks, which the North doesn't seem interested in.

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