US may huff and puff about sanctions over North Korea’s nuclear test but it is evident that North Korea will get away with this test thanks to its godfather, China, rejecting any serious punishment as indicated by its UN ambassador’s statement.
China may call for “appropriate (?)” punishment but it is obvious that it itself never had any serious objections to Pyongyang's nuclear programme regardless of what it professes in public. After all North Korea’s lifeline passes through Beijing and China never used that leverage even though China could have used it very easily to reign in North Korea’s nuclear programme. China has invented and US buys the baloney about North Korean refugees flooding China if Kim’s regime was to collapse. The fear of North Korean refugees flooding China is no more realistic than the one that was propounded upon collapse of East Germany and Soviet Union.
In a few years if not right away, US will sit down with North Korea just as it did with India and just as it will do with Iran and offer all kinds of help to stop North Korea from proliferating its nuclear hardware just as it is doing now with Pakistan. As such North Korea is following and Iran will follow Pakistan’s strategy of nuclear blackmail.