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North Korea Hints of Nuclear Test Follow Familiar Pattern

North Korea’s recent pronouncements touting advances in its long-range rocket program and restarting its nuclear reactor appear to fit Pyongyang’s established pattern for pressuring the United States and its allies for aid and assistance. “The first stage is to make the situation look as tense as possible,” said Andrei Lankov, a professor of Korean Studies at Kookmin University in Seoul. Professor Lankov said that in the 1990s and 2000s Kim Jong Un’s father Kim Jong Il used missile...

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