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LIGNET: North Korea Missile Launch Is Extortion Attempt

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North Korea’s Unha-3 rocket at the Tongchang-ri space center on April 8, 2012.(PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images)
North Korea’s intent in launching a long-range missile, LIGNET’s in-house expert says, is to demonstrate the communist dictatorship’s might and extort food aid and monetary assistance from the international community. But in this case, North Korea ’s announcement of a launch has had the opposite effect. Is the game up for North Korea? Has the United States finally grown weary of the communist dictatorship's bait-and-switch?

Click here to read the full story and watch the interview with Mark Groombridge, an expert on proliferation and now deputy editor of LIGNET.com.






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