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PacNet #30 – Provocation or Extortion?

The latest North Korean crisis de jour, now that the mysterious underground facility at Kumchang-ri has proven to be nothing more than a huge hole in the ground, centers on the reportedly imminent launch of another multi-stage long-range missile. The last launch, on Aug 31, 1998, involved an overflight of Japan during an apparent failed attempt to launch a satellite.