Boys will be boys, especially if you are the boy of the late North Korean dictator Kim Il-Sung. So when Kim Jong-Il decides to test a nuclear device, his ambassador to the UN expects Pyongyang to be congratulated, not vilified by the other Boyz N the Hood. To add insult to injury, some Western analysts do not seem to be convinced that North Korea even successfully conducted a nuclear test.
But it’s not that there has been no reaction. The United Nations Security Council, that helpful bunch of vigilant souls, is preparing a draft resolution calling for a ban on all trade in military and — the clincher! — luxury goods against the bad, bad communist State. If stopping those gas centrifuges from Rawalpindi doesn’t do the trick, putting a stop on the import of those cases of Chateau Lafite or Margaux should. The UNSC members are upset at Pyongyang’s “flagrant disregard” of its appeal not to test a nuclear device. But what about the world disregarding the dangers of Dr Evil... sorry, Kim Il Sung? In 1994 the US and North Korea had signed the ‘Agreed Framework’ by which Pyongyang had agreed to freeze its nuclear weapons programme in exchange for fuel, economic cooperation and the construction of two modern nuclear power plants. However, in 2002 rumours were doing the round that the North Koreans were at it again. The same year, US President George W. Bush, as a nice gesture, included North Korea in his ‘Axis of Evil’.
But then, he ignored the country, running after Iraq and Iran. It’s bad enough when a dictator is not given attention. It’s worse when he is not even taken seriously as a dictator. So what option did Kim Jong-Il have but to put on his most sinister costume and test an atomic bomb. All the Dear Thing wanted was to be noticed.