[Just in case you missed it, here is the predictable reaction from Canada's Foreign Minister to the detonation of the DPRK nuclear test last week. Pity the civil servants who have to draft these expressions of outrage! How many different ways are there to string together the words reckless, provocative, serious, misguided, unconscionable, and irresponsible? After decades of condemnation, how many teeth remain in the concepts of rogue regime, disregard for the global will, threat to peace and security, squandering of resources, and sanctions? The one novel piece of news in this statement: apparently the Government of Canada actually had hopes Kim Junior would disown the legacy of his father. Or is this merely another part of the liturgy? --EW]
February 12, 2013 – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:
“This test—North Korea’s third—is provocative and marks a serious, misguided threat to regional peace and security.
“What makes such actions even more unconscionable is the fact that the North Korean people starve and are denied their basic human dignity while the Pyongyang regime squanders limited resources.
“While we had hoped the passing of dictator Kim Jong-il would have closed a sad chapter in North Korea, we are disappointed that his son has continued the irresponsible path of placing weapons before the well-being of people.
“Canada will work with our international partners to pursue all appropriate actions and sanctions against the rogue regime in North Korea.”
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