Asia-Pacific

Dec 13, 2012

North Korea risks sanctions to signal its greatness

The missile launch by North Korea yesterday -- despite claiming it was a weather satellite -- is another provocative strike against the West, writes Deakin University international relations lecturer Dr Danielle Chubb.

If North Korea has nothing to lose with its most recent long-range rocket launch, the regime certainly believes it has nothing to gain by taking heed of international concern. It is provocation writ large, and the big difference this time is that it seems to have worked.

Your average South Korean on the streets of Seoul will be little perturbed. We saw them watch the launch with interest, dismay and resignation, and then turn back to the more pressing concerns of their everyday lives. South Koreans expect North Korea to act like this, and besides which, they can see the bigger picture: these are provocations aimed at the Americans, the Japanese, the wider international community. Not at their fellow Koreans.

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  1. Hugh (Charlie) McColl

    Am I mistaken or is it a fact that the world’s most tech-smart nations (Japan, US, Russia, China, South Korea etc. etc) aimed their instruments and anti-missile batteries towards the sky, brought their technicians and diplomats onto high alert, massed their media into a frenzied pack and were so blinded by certainty they have no idea whether North Korea put a satellite into orbit….. or not? Talk about a conga line of fuckwits.

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