...about the status of the USD in the international market. I like to believe that the value will recover as the economy stabilizes, but the growing gap between the wealthy and the poor, along with the gradual dissapperance of the middle-class, leaves me worrying that our economy will eventually collapse under the weight of the hubris and greed of the 1%ers. That said, I still don't really thing NK is or ever will be a significant threat. Tensions between NK and SK have gone up and down in roughly 10-year cycles ever since the '53 cease-fire (remember, they're technically still at war). Not to play the "I'm older, so listen up" card, but I am slightly north of 40 and I've seen this rollercoaster in the Koreas several times. NK does some saber-rattling, they cause a bit of trouble here and there, but they know that in an all-out fight these days, China will not have their back. The Chinese have too much to lose if they back the wrong dog in that fight, in terms of international trade and financial products, no matter who has the reigning international currency. They can't come right out and say it (because of the asian culture, I believe), but I get the feeling that China is as fed up as everyone else with NKs childish antics. So NK continues to act like a teenager, testing their boundries, seeing just how far they can push tings before getting into serious trouble.
As for their weapons progeams, fear not. NK simply does not posess the academic power to impliment a successful wide-scale advanced weapons program, nor do they have the purchasing power to outsource such a program or to purchase reliable plug-and-play systems from third-parties. China pretty much only sells the their second-rate hand-me-downs. NK did test a small nuke a while back, which ended in a stunning failure. You might remember that supposed "gas explosion" in NK back in the summer of '09? Based on the stuff I've read, scientists are reasonably sure that it was a failed underground nuke test. Other intelligence points to the program being one that is run entirely in-house and on the cheap, so you can imagine just how likely it is that a borderline third-world nation could actually make a bomb that works. They do have some delivery systems that can reach as far as the Philippines, but it's not like they're going to be lobbing missiles at Los Angeles any time soon.
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