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    Posted: February 11 2017 at 5:33pm
This is worrying, and not because it's the first North Korean missile test. Hopefully it doesn't escalate.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38947451


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I saw a video of the American military families practicing evacuation drills in SK too. It was tied to the same topic on CNN. They said if they couldn't get them straight on route to the U.S., they'd fly them to Okinawa until they could get them farther out.
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Everything seems pretty calm at the moment, Hachi, but I worry that a lack of restraint and diplomacy will ramp things up unnecessarily. This is one of many tests they've carried out (24 last year alone) and I don't see it as much more than saber rattling because all they managed to do was send a missile a pretty pathetic 500km, hitting a large body of water with little or no accuracy. Don't get me wrong, I have no love whatsoever for Kim Jong-un - he's a brutal dictator that is clearly doing his best to develop a larger arsenal of nuclear weapons and long range missile systems to deliver them, but the guy is bat-s**t crazy and unpredictable.


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Yeah, seems like he's looking forward to instigating a war, by any means necessary. Since their media is state ran, they'd turn it around and say we started it and that they're going to defeat us. Or something silly like that to keep that loyal devotion running.
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The way that North Korea operates outside the normal sphere of global politics creates it's own unique set of problems, and just about the only country that holds any appreciable sway with them is China. While they have worked with the international community in the past to apply pressure and rein in Pyongyang when the needle on the crazy-meter has started to head into the red, they're not viewing us in quite the same light these days and are probably not going to be as willing to help. This is where diplomacy and cool heads prevail - before you berate a country on Twitter, remember that you may need their help down the road.
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Grown-ups, when faced with other peoples quarrels, try to tone things down.  They carefully tone down anything negative one side said about the other and take a portion of any blame or animosity, to calm things down.

Children (and sociopaths) take advantage of the situation.  They gossip and play one side off against the other, to make themselves look good, considering any increase in animosity irrelevant.

So far, in the West Pacific, Trump has both backed the One China Policy and told Japan they are super-allies (mutually exclusive due to the Senkaku Islands dispute).  

This is a very minor stirring-of-the-pot, you could just ignore it and so could China and Japan.  I expect they will.  But, it does not bode well for a grown up approach to international relations.  

Considering Kim Jong Un appears to fail the sociopath test and possibly the psychopath one as well, it seems we live in very interesting times.
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