US alert as North Korea flexes its muscles

Americans typically celebrate their nation’s independence on July 4 with firework displays across the country.

8th July, 2006

Americans typically celebrate their nation’s independence on July 4 with firework displays across the country. Last week, a very different kind of fireworks on the other side of the world grabbed their attention.

To most Americans, the decision by North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il to choose US Independence Day as the date to test-fire seven missiles, including the long-range Taepodong-2, had unmistakable symbolic significance.

The Taepodong-2 is thought to have the ultimate potential to...

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