North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un is listening to his generals (photo:dpa)

North Korea’s nuclear test after playing fast and loose with world opinion

New leaders in China, Southeast Asia and America could provide a rare opportunity for change in the region. But hopes of peace and help evaporated when North Korea carried out a nuclear test in February 2013 and demonstrated its continued game of brinkmanship with more aggressive posturing which even antagonised its few friends.

NEW Year’s Day 2013 was a rare moment of hope for observers of North Korea. That was when the country’s leadership intimated that it wanted to pull back from the cycles of dangerous nuclear brinkmanship.

That hope had been returned to Pandora’s Box by February 12 - the day North Korea carried out its third nuclear test.

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 David Alton, Lord Alton of Liverpool
But, after a third nuclear test - previous ones were in 2006 and 2009 - and North Korea in the news for all the wrong reasons, it is all the more disappointing that these brief encounters have been so quickly replaced by aggressive posturing.
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