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NK New Year's Address
Sunday, January 02, 2005 By: Juan Paxety
What is North Korea up to now?
What's North Korea up to?
Unlike last year, North Korea made no direct mention of the nuclear issue in its joint editorial, or New Year's address, in the Saturday editions of the Rodong Sinmun, Youth Vanguard and Korean People's Army newspapers.
The word "nuclear" was entirely omitted from the official address and no hardline claims of "moving forward to strengthen [the nation's] nuclear deterrent" were included, in contrast to the previous annual announcement where such rhetoric played a part. It limited itself to stating that the United States must stop trying to suffocate North Korea militarily and change its hostile policies.
The article goes on to speculate that NK is simply waiting to see what the second Bush administration will announce as policy. Perhaps, though, they are keeping their heads down. Remember, only a couple of days ago, NK announced the North and Cuba will wage a joint struggle against the United States.