All the rhetoric, missile testing, missile launching, weapons proliferation, weapons sales, border infiltrations, threats, warnings, and propaganda are meant to support that goal.
Other than that, the only thing predictable about the North Koreans is that they are unpredictable.
What we must do is continue to be resolute... because what the North Koreans are really testing is our resolve.
Kim Jong-il does not doubt our capability to stop him. He doubts our resolve.
We need to remind this pissant that not only can we burn them to a crisp, but that we have the will to burn them to a crisp.
Anyway, I reckon I'll be up the rest of the night watching for this latest threat from North Korea.
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UPDATE 6:15pm CDT:
Rice Warns North Korea Against Missile Test
WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned North Korea on Monday it will face consequences if it test-fires a missile thought to be powerful enough to reach the West Coast of the United States.
"It would be a very serious matter and, indeed, a provocative act should North Korea decide to launch that missile," Rice said amid indications that the North Koreans could launch an intercontinental ballistic missile at any moment.
The senior U.S. diplomat said the United States would talk to other nations about action should the North go ahead, and "I can assure everyone that it would be taken with utmost seriousness."
The United States, Japan, Australia, South Korea and other countries have urged North Korea to abandon any missile firing, but there was no sign of backing down. U.S. officials said Monday the missile was apparently fully assembled and fueled, giving the North a launch window of about a month.
Unlike other preparatory steps the United States has tracked, the fueling process is very difficult to reverse, and most likely means the test will go ahead, one senior administration official said.
The precise timing is unclear, the official said.
At U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said he was holding preliminary consultations with Security Council members on possible action if North Korea fires the missile, thought to be a three-stage Taepodong-2 with a non-nuclear payload.
"But we don't really know what the North Korean intentions are at this point, so I think we need to wait for the event," Bolton said.
What's it all mean? North Korea has an intercontinental ballistic missile assembled and fully fueled that can be launched anytime in the next 30 days. And that is not a good thing.