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North Korea has launched the sixth short-range missile in three days and declared not being bound anymore by the ceasefire agreement signed in 1953.
According to the South Korean agency Yonhap, Pyongyang has indicated that North Korea does no longer consider itself bound by the ceasefire signed in 1953 by both nations after the Korean War and does not exclude military actions against South Korea.
In Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party, the message is clear: "The North Korean army and people are ready for a battle against any attempt of "preemptive strike" by the U.S. and its allies".
After the nuclear test on last Monday the Obama Administration have warned that North Korea would have to "pay a price" for its actions and is working on a unified response by the international community.
The question is what response can really deter Kim Jong-Il's regime from its reckless escalation of belligerence and bring North Korea back to the negotiation table?
In addition to the underground nuclear test, North Korean had announced, in last April, having have revived a plutonium extraction plant and reopened the Yongbyon nuclear plant, in direct violation of UN resolution 1718, adopted in 2006.
It is estimated that North Korea has already enough plutonium to produce between 6 and 12 small nuclear bombs (although they don't have yet the knowledge and the technology to miniaturize nuclear warheads for missiles), but the risks are great of possible accidents or transfer of material or knowledge to other states or, more worryingly, to terrorist groups.
This serious crisis calls from a smart response from the international community, and along with sanctions, there must be new diplomatic initiatives to convince Pyongyang to resume Six-Party Talks from which it pulled out on April 14,2009.Read full article »