North Korea may conduct the second nuclear weapon test to prove that the communist country is indeed capable of producing nuclear weapons, military experts say.

North Korea has tested a nuclear device on October 9, 2006. Many countries has doubted that the test was successful.

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Well, if at first you don’t succeed . . .

Meanwhile, China hangs back in the effort to apply the thumbscrews to Kim Jong-Il’s regime. Obviously, China fears a regime implosion that would (a) send refugees streaming into an overpopulated China, or (b) cede control of North Korea to South Korea, leaving a unified Korea occupied by 32,000 U.S. troops bordering China. Could it be that an eventual deal with China would include a U.S. pull-out from South Korea, or shared control of military bases there? Yeesh.