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Playing the North Korea Card
by Stephen Lendman
North Korea is Washington's punching bag.
For decades, North Korea's wanted normalized relations with Washington. It's been repeatedly rebuffed. Promises made were broken. America needs enemies.
North Korea's straight from central casting. Media scoundrels take full advantage. On April 2, Washington Post editors headlined "Answer North Korea with financial sanctions," saying:
Kim Jong Un "managed to concoct a fresh provocative announcement aimed at Washington." He declared both Koreas "were back to a 'state of war.' "
"Could this untested, 30-year-old dictator be preparing to start a war with the United States or South Korea? The worrying reality is that it is virtually impossible for outsiders to know for sure."
Most likely he's "rally(ing) support behind the regime and to pressure the United States and its allies into opening negotiations."
"As previous US administrations have learned the hard way, answering provocations with diplomacy will not lead to concessions by North Korea - only to another round of provocations."
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