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North Korea's Other Path

4:27 PM, Oct 19, 2006 • By DANIEL MCKIVERGAN
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Secretary of State Rice http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061019/pl_nm/korea_north_dc;_ylt=AiH4crq0Hv... target=_blank>told a news conference held today in Seoul:

I hope it (China) has been successful in saying to North Korea that there is really only one path, which is denuclearization and dismantlement of its programs.

But there's another path Pyongyang may be eyeing: pop off a few more nukes, wait a few months for the international uproar to subside, then engage its neighbors and the rest of the world as a nuclear power and leader of the Third World.