According to North Korea, it has just tested a second nuclear device. Thus far, it remains unconfirmed. This broke about 20 minutes ago and thus there is currently little more to report. My prediction assuming it is true? The world and US will condemn, then we’ll use it to resurrect the worthless 6 Party Talks, give Pyongyang something (money, lifting sanctions, energy etc.) and end up back where we started, essentially paying North Korea for nothing. Funny how history repeats itself. President Obama should take this opportunity to break the cycle, not only refusing further talks but cutting ALL aid to North Korea and seeking further sanctions. It would also be a good time to give the Japanese a nudge to make additional public statements about developing their own weapons. That’ll get China’s attention.
More as the story breaks.