The Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion put in place a long-term diplo­matic “python” strat­egy de­signed to squeeze the nuke from Kim while avoid­ing ther­monu­clear im­mo­la­tion and eco­nomic havoc. The “six na­tion” fo­rum, con­sist­ing of the United States, Ja­pan, Rus­sia, China,

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tor­tion gam­bit tar­gets this eco­nomic, po­lit­i­cal and tech­no­log­i­cal link­age.

The Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion put in place a long-term diplo­matic “python” strat­egy de­signed to squeeze the nuke from Kim while avoid­ing ther­monu­clear im­mo­la­tion and eco­nomic havoc. The “six na­tion” fo­rum, con­sist­ing of the United States, Ja­pan, Rus­sia, China, and South and North Korea, has pro­duced its car­rots with the im­plicit stick of mil­i­tary reprisal.

North Korea’s threat to shoot down South Korean civil­ian air­lin­ers and its plan to test a new long-range mis­sile (couched as a satel­lite launch) fol­low the ex­tor­tion script. The bel­li­cose threats and dis­play of weaponry are a probe of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s com­mit­ment to al­lies and its will­ing­ness to pro­tect Amer­i­can in­ter­ests. Korea an­nounced a new mis­sile test, Ja­pan’s de­fense min­istry be­gan de­ploy­ing Aegis de­stroy­ers equipped with U.S.-made anti-mis­sile mis­siles (anti-bal­lis­tic mis­siles) in the Sea of Ja­pan. A spokesman for Ja­pan’s Mar­itime Self-De­fense Force said that its de­fense guide­lines per­mit the in­ter­cep­tion of any mis­sile (even one al­legedly car­ry­ing a com­mu­ni­ca­tions satel­lite) if it “ap­pears likely” to land in

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