The North Joins an Exclusive Club. Congratulations?

They’ve launched their own satellite into space. They successfully got a kick off the Earth’s rotation and put something hundreds of kilometers high above us all at 11:30 on Sunday, April 5th, 2009. A thinly disguised missile test simultaneously brings them into the family of peace loving nations with a presence in space -allbeit in low orbit. As was recently pointed out, Kim Jong-il knows that accepting American aid and opening a US embassy in Pyongyang in return for the sacrifice of nuclear development and threatening missiles renders them “a poor man’s Korea.” They need this.

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