Why North Korea is So Crazy

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Standing fast: Kim Jong Il with his acolytes

North Korea's rocket launch of April 5, the U.N. Security Council vote to condemn the launch and strengthen sanctions, and the North's decision of April 14 to pull out of the six-party talks have thrown a monkey wrench into prospects for a negotiated resolution of Pyongyang's nuclear-weapon and missile programs. On the surface it appears that North Korea is again embarked on a threatening course; it has vowed to continue work on its contested weapons programs. But on closer examination, the North's weapons tests always occur at times of insecurity. Its tough posturing belies the tenuous internal and external...

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