Well, despite Dennis Rodman's best efforts, things are still not fine and dandy between North Korea and the United States.
On Thursday, the rogue state threatened a nuclear attack on the U.S. because of the passage of new sanctions against it by the United Nations Security Council. The new sanctions were prompted by the testing of a ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead by the North.
Interestingly, China and Russia - long supporters of North Korea - joined in the condemnation of the missile test and adoption of the sanctions. The vote in the Security Council was unanimous.
The Associated Press quoted a spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry as saying it would prepare for "a pre-emptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors." That apparently is us.
The Washington Post quoted White House Press Secretary Jay Carney responding, "Let us be clear: We are fully capable of dealing with that threat."
Former NBA star Rodman visited with North Korea's new leader, Kim Jong Un, on a trip to the isolated country last week. Rodman referred to Kim as an "awesome guy" and suggested that the fact the Korean leader and President Obama both love basketball would be a good place to start to normalizing relations.
Perhaps a better place to start would be for Kim to put away his nuclear toys and try to play nice with the other countries of the world.
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