Enough Already; Let the North Fire Its Missile
And then put pressure on Beijing to rein in the North: Op-ed
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2013 2:41 PM CDT
In this April 10 photo, a North Korean soldier watches for trouble.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – North Korea is threatening to fire off a test missile, John Kerry is in South Korea using both carrot and stick to get Pyongyang to simmer down, talk of a nuclear strike is in the air, and the international media can't get enough of the story. What next? "Everyone needs to calm down," writes visiting Stanford fellow Peter Jones in the Toronto Globe and Mail. "If the North wants to shoot a missile into the sea, let it." They've fired off such test shots before, and the world didn't end. Assuming the missile doesn't threaten land, it's "not worth trying to head off by cravenly crawling to Pyongyang with offers of more assistance—that would only beget another crisis somewhere down the line."

When the test is over, however, it is time to send the message that the usual "provocation-reward-provocation" model will no longer work—especially now that we know Kim Jong Un is no wunderkind reformer. It starts with China. Beijing has long let the North get away with its antics because it keeps the West off guard, but the international community must let China know that "enough is enough." It can either rein in the North once and for all or watch as the US and its allies in the region increase their military presence "in ways China won't like." Click for the full column. (China already may be getting fed up with the North.)

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earthenvessel9
Apr 14, 2013 9:43 AM CDT
"Let the name of God be blessed from eternity to eternity, for wisdom and might are His. And it is He who changes the times and the seasons. He deposes kings and causes kings to ascend....He knows what is obscured in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him". (Daniel2:20-22). But He does want the prayers of His people to lay the tracks for Him to carry out what He wants to do.
fractal
Apr 13, 2013 1:47 PM CDT
Seems like the whole country is full of hateful propaganda---I am talking about America. This is just as much America's fault, as North Korea. We had a working relationship with them till Bush called them the "Axis of Evil". Jimmy Carter made it very clear a few days ago (see daily show link below) that what North Korea really wants is a Peace Accord. Of course you don't believe me---watch the link.
Wrongdirection
Apr 13, 2013 11:31 AM CDT
Lets see, North Korea has Void the Truce, Cut all communications with the outside. Has Threatened to strike without warning. I say, If they so much as fire off any missles for any reasons. It will be considered a provocation of a "First Strike" and will be treated as so! They better be smart, and keep all their missles grounded or suffer!