While Everyone Watches Iran…

While everyone watches Iran, North Korea appears to be quietly preparing for another missile test, according to experts. As the BBC points out, this is yet another in a recent spate of worrisome moves by the country, which – according to some – might now or very soon be in a position to physically threaten the continental United States.

Yes, yes, it’s fashionable to worry about Iran at the moment, but the odds of their doing anything particularly stupid are, objectively, fairly low – President Ahmadinejad would, I’m fairly sure, not like to see his country turned into a large, smoking crater. Whoever happens to be in charge of North Korea at the moment – which may or may not be Kim Jong-il – may or may not care, and if it is Kim Jong-il, might not even notice. (There are, shall we say, fairly well-founded concerns as to whether Kim is still alive, let alone in possession of any degree of mental acuity.)

I linked to it yesterday, but if you missed it, you might want to have a look at this comprehensive look at the North Korean ballistic missile program (928KB PDF). Hey, you never know; it might become of more than just academic interest within a few days…

Published in: General, Security | on February 3rd, 2009| Comments Off on While Everyone Watches Iran…

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