Satellite photos are suggesting that North Korea is making preparations to test a nuclear weapon for the first time in its history. Full story here
The first thought that comes to mind is 'nuclear blackmail', the North Koreans have been raising the stakes for years, trying to squeeze more and more concessions out of the countries that are interested in ending their nuclear program. This will continue to be that Kim's strategy as long as he thinks it is working.
Some hard decisions are going to have to be made. As a first step, Kim should to totally isolated and a strict and crippling regime of sanctions should be put in place. This game between Kim and the civilized nations of the world must not continue beyond this incident. It is going to be vital that all nations cooperate with one another to solve this problem.
The people of North Korea will suffer under brutal sanctions, but in the long run they will be better off if Kim's reign of terror is ended. This is a very difficult situation to say the least, but history proves that concessions will only guarantee another chapter is this tragic story.
Update @ 10:50am
With the above news, I'm not really excited about having the newly crowned Premier League champions, Chelsea FC, traveling to South Korea for a friendly against the Asian champions, the Suwon Bluewings on May 20th. I hope things calm down quite a bit before the trip is made.