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North Korea's 'Big Ben Strategy'

North Korea is warning the United States against talk of sanctions on the heels of US concerns that North Korea is possibly preparing a nuclear bomb test. A NoKor spokesman said that the DPRK would take “all necessary counter-measures” if the US persists in attempting to shut down North Korean bank accounts overseas. “It is the height of folly for the US to think that it can solve any issue by means of sanctions and pressure.”

The United States has actually been actively pursuing North Korean accounts and transactions over counterfeiting, drug trafficking and money laundering for some time, not simply since suspicions of a North Korean nuclear bomb test.

At risk of making light of the situation, the psychology behind the North Korean response is indeed intriguing, especially considering the fact that North Korea has long relied upon US aid gained through threats in both word and actions, such as firing missiles over the Japanese mainland.

The psychological unraveling continued further.

The warning came as a pro-Pyongyang newspaper said North Korea - which declared it had nuclear weapons in February 2005 - could carry out a nuclear test unless the US stops attempts to “stifle and destroy” the communist state.

Now, the situation is serious. But, nonetheless, the above statement is amusing.

The whole threat of a nuclear test seems akin to the Pittsburgh Steelers threatening to bring out star quarterback Ben Roethlisburger to taunt the Indianapolis Colts with a pre-game warm-up display.