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The View from Pyongyang

August 27, 2013

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As a pariah state, threatened by much more powerful nations than itself and with weakening ties to its most important allies, North Korea has every reason to want nuclear weapons. The only threats strong enough to compel North Korea to give up its nuclear ambitions are either military force or a crushing embargo from China.

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What North Korea Wants: A Look at the Evidence

August 7, 2013

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Despite the unprecedented level of violence in North Korea’s recent rhetoric and actions, a close look at these actions suggest that rather than signaling a new aggressive policy, they follow North Korea’s time honored practice of increasing tensions to extract concessions. North Korea’s unwillingness to take action that will definitely lead to a military response suggests that at present it is uninterested in sparking a major military conflict.

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