Santaro Rey, Asia Times | May 27, 2009
There are no realistic means to punish North Korea's second nuclear test. ++ The test could see other powers in the region take up arms because they believe nothing can be done to persuade Pyongyang to denuclearize. ++ After the first test fizzled, a second was needed so that North Korea could get the US's attention and prove that it had fixed its technical issues with the missile. ++ But Pyongyang's brinkmanship - unlike Pakistan and India's in the 1990s - is if anything making it harder for the US to offer North Korea meaningful rewards.