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DIRECT THREAT – AT 9:33 A.M. ET:  Having faced no real opposition from the United States, which is being dismantled as the leading power by its leftist president, North Korea is now directly open about its intentions in weapons development.  This isn't pretty:

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- North Korea said Thursday it plans more rocket launches and nuclear tests that may target the United States.

China's official Xinhua News Agency quoted North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency as saying the Communist country would "conduct more nuclear tests, rocket launches."

Separately, South Korea's Yonhap News carried a KCNA item quoting the North's National Defense Commission as saying in a statement its future rocket and nuclear tests may directly target the United States.

KCNA quoted the commission as saying: "In the new phase of our century-long struggle against the United States, we do not hide the fact that various satellites, long-range missiles that we will continue to launch and high-level nuclear test we will conduct will target our sworn enemy, the United States."

Yonhap, citing a South Korean intelligence source, said North Korea has completed all technical preparations for a nuclear test, which would be its third after similar tests in 2006 and 2009. The source said the country needs only a few days' notice to carry it out once the country's leadership makes a decision.

COMMENT:  I'm sure that Obama administration will now swing into action.  John Kerry's confirmation hearings to be secretary of state are about to happen, and I'd love to hear his reaction to this announcement. 

North Korea not only develops weapons for itself.  It is a major exporter of death.  It was a North-Korean-supplied nuclear reactor that the Israelis destroyed in Syria several years ago, and North Korea is a serious supplier to Iran.

Yet, nothing really is done except the application of some ineffective sanctions. 

January 24, 2013