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March 8, 2006
North Korea Wants Attention

With all of the attention that the Iranian nuclear crisis has drawn, its fellow member of the Axis of Evil has apparently gotten jealous. North Korea reminded the world that it has claims on the title of Most Insane Regime by firing a couple of short-range missiles in Japan's general direction:

North Korea launched a pair of short-range missiles Wednesday, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said.

Japan's Kyodo News Agency, which quoted "sources knowledgeable about the matter," said the surface-to-air missiles were launched near North Korea's border with China.

"Indications are that North Korea launched two short-range missiles," McClellan said. "The regime has conducted similar tests in the past."

According to Kyodo, there was some confusion over whether the missiles were test-fired or launched by mistake.

The agency quoted a Western military source as saying they were short-range missiles fired to the east from the eastern coast.

At least one of the missiles landed in the sea about 100 kilometers (62 miles) northeast of the launch site, Kyodo said, citing a Japanese defense official.

The Kim regime is irritated that the US has accused it of counterfeiting operations and suspended its participation in the six-nation disarmament talks. Kim must be getting annoyed that the mullahcracy gets so much attention, taking the spotlight off of Pyongyang, which the world considers more of a lost cause. Kim needs to remind everyone that North Korea still hasn't finished playing with fire yet, either. Unfortunately for Kim, all this tells the rest of the nations trying to negotiate an end to Pyongyang's nuclear program is that they don't have much else to test. Kim would surely have used the biggest bang in his stockpile short of causing real damage in order to regain his position as the center of the disarmament universe.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at March 8, 2006 9:57 PM

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