Norks 'losing patience' with rest of world

CNN:

U.S. satellite imagery has spotted "vehicle activity" at a North Korean ballistic missile site, two Defense Department officials said Friday.

This activity is similar to that before a long-range missile launch by North Korea earlier this year.

North Korea test-fired a short-range missile Friday off the country's east coast, a South Korean military source said. It would be the sixth such missile test since the country conducted a nuclear test Monday.

Also Friday, North Korea upbraided the U.N. Security Council for slamming its nuclear test, calling the members of the body "hypocrites" and warning of "stronger self-defense countermeasures" as the world body considers more sanctions against the country.

"There is a limit to our patience," the Foreign Ministry said in a combative statement. Video Watch how the U.S. is responding to the latest launch »

North Korea blasted the Security Council's condemnations of the nuclear test on Monday and the launch in April of what North Korea called a satellite but other countries called a long-range missile.

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There is more.

The North Korean hermit kingdom is truly an alternate universe. Their unique form of diplomacy through insults is compounded by provocative tantrums and missile rattlings.

I think they may be getting frustrated by the no drama Obama approach of not responding directly to them. It is ironic that Democrats criticized the Bush administration for failing to directly engage the North Koreans, but now find that policy as the better alternative.

China still has the key to stopping these tantrums by cutting off supplies. The question is whether Kim has the measure of Chinese patience and not his own.

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