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Beating Up on North Korea


China is the target. North Korea is the punching bag.

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by Stephen Lendman

On February 11, Pyongyang informed Washington and China of its intentions. February 12 headlines explained. 

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They said North Korea conducted its third nuclear test. Russia's Defense Ministry estimated a blast exceeding seven kilotons.

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) measured the yield at twice North Korea's 2009 test.

Condemnation followed. New sanctions were threatened. More on that below.

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Pyongyang's KCNA news service announced the test. It said it used a "miniatured, lighter nuclear device with greater explosive force than previously." It claimed the test "did not pose any negative impact on the surrounding environment."

In response to Western hostility, unspecified "second and third measures" may follow. North Korean diplomat Jon Yong Ryong said  his country "will never bow down to any resolution."

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