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Missile defense at issue

April 15, 2009
The Daily Mining Gazette

We doubt that the U.N. Security Council will even pass a strong resolution condemning North Korea for its test of a medium-range missile earlier this month. Neither China nor Russia, members of the Security Council, have expressed enthusiasm about such action - and either one could veto a resolution.

More likely is a relatively weak expression of displeasure by the United Nations - which would be laughed off by North Korean leaders.

It does not seem that enough unanimity in the international community exists to inflict any sort of meaningful punishment on North Korea.

In the face of potential use of nuclear-armed missiles by North Korea, clearly the United States' leaders need to continue developing an adequate missile defense system.



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