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North Korea's successful launch of a long-range rocket early Wednesday, despite later difficulties controlling the weather satellite it was carrying, demonstrates significant technological development by the secretive communist state, analysts said.
North Korea's top general warned Wednesday that his army holds weapons that can defeat the United States – a threat that regional experts dismissed as face-saving rhetoric.
Observers trying to divine the real power behind the new leader of North Korea's totalitarian regime are resorting to an old Cold War technique called "Kremlinology."
"Now that they have nuclear devices, an increasing number of South Koreans believe we need a government that can reconcile with North Korea."
"Twenty or 30 years ago, when North Korea committed military provocations before elections, it gave help to the conservative side, but that is no longer true," said Kim Tae-woo, an independent analyst on North Korean strategic issues.