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It looks as though NK has gone ahead and admitted that it was an ICBM after all.

Why did some people even bother to try and defend them, saying it was surely a rocket?

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“It seems that North Korea does not appreciate China’s effort,”

NK is like a spoiled and unruly brat and China is the "dad" trying to exert some control over it.

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This is what happens since China pampered N. Korea for so long. NK has been giving every other country the finger and now they're flipping off their one ally. China shouldn't have babied them for so long. Now here you go.

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Like his father, the fat boy wants attention.

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Not sure which one is worse, the Islamists or the NK government. Sounds like they have too much time in their hands. If they just acknowledge that being reclusive and maintaining their oppressive system of government will just get them in deeper kimchi.

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Reminds me also of arrogant people, who instead of asking nicely and giving some concessions, instead demands and threatens.

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The U.S.A. Participating in both Korean and Vietnam Wars was meant to calculate the intentions of China's role since both Asian nations are on the periphery or next door neighbors of China! The USA has done a good job at diplomacy by engaging the Chinese on the US side thus further isolating N Korea!

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avigator: Not sure which one is worse, the Islamists or the NK government.

What's wrong with islamists to compare them to NK? isn't it racial discrimination?

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What's wrong with islamists to compare them to NK? isn't it racial discrimination?

No. Islam is a religion, not a race. The people who practice the Islamic religion are not called "Islamists", they're called "Muslims". There are Muslims of all races in this world. What was wrong was to compare a COUNTRY to a RELIGION.

Pyongyang has long played on Chinese fears of the consequences of North Korea’s collapse to defy Beijing’s efforts to rein in its nuclear weapons program.

Again, I blame this on General MacArthur. During the Korean War he was told to stop once North Korea was all but wiped-out, but he was determined to push into China - so much so that he was ultimately relieved of command. China, alarmed that the U.N. forces were at its border and not showing any sign of stopping, pushed the U.N. forces back to the 38th Parallel. Ever since then, North Korea has been able to tout itself as a buffer for China and China has been happy to let them serve in that purpose. Now that N.K. has nukes, though, China is not so happy with them as a buffer. Pyongyang will find Beijing to be a much less friendly neighbor if Pyongyang continues to antagonize the world.

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“China hopes for a stable peninsula, but it’s not the end of the world if there’s trouble there,” it added.

Alrighty.

Fadamor: Again, I blame this on General MacArthur. During the Korean War he was told to stop once North Korea was all but wiped-out, but he was determined to push into China - so much so that he was ultimately relieved of command.

China gave the green light for North Korea's invasion after Russia duped the Chinese into thinking they would get involved. China had plans to not only see all of Korea fall to the North but to invade Taiwan. They wanted to have control over everything. What changed was Truman's decision to get involved in Korea and send ships to block Taiwan as well, something China was not expecting to happen. MacArthur wanted to nuke China during the war but China made their own bed before any of that happened.

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While China would like to see a "stable" Korean peninsula, it has no interest in seeing North Korea fail as a state, or reunification for that matter. Reunification would undoubtedly happen under a political system resembling the South (capitalist and democratic), meaning:

1) A humanitarian crisis following the initial fall of the North Korean government and collapse of its society would push thousands (or millions) of refugees into China. The Chinese government has already shown that it has no interest in dealing humanely with the limited number of migrants/refugees who make it over the border presently.

2) A government of a united Korean peninsula with power concentrated in Seoul brings a nation closely allied with the US (hosting US military personnel, at least for the short term) right to China's border.

China wants to be a major player in world affairs, so can't be seen as actively supporting a country so roundly condemned by the rest of the world. My own hope is that they eventually realize that having a nation at their doorstep with such demonstrably unstable (read: loony) leadership just isn't good for anyone, themselves included.

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Perhaps sanctions will provoke the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea to launch a all out attack upon the South. Do not see a good outcome from the UN sanctions. They keep the leaders in solid control of the DPRK. Think their effort will be only within Korea unless Japan gives permission for the US to use their bases to attack them. Pray the 2nd Atomic War does not start.

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China is behind the DPRK, aka North Korea so China should also face sanctions, boycotts etc... North Korea is a just a yapping Chihuahua for the big old dirty Chinese dragon, right??

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China is happy to have the Koreans divided! They already fear superior South Korean technology so they just want to copy everything !!

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