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Title: MEDIA REACTION - NORTH KOREA'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION - NORTH KOREA'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM 
 
 
¶1.  Summary:  In line with the Chilean government position, 
editorial comments have been highly critical of North Korea's 
nuclear testing.  End Summary. 
 
¶2.  On October 11, conservative, independent "La Tercera" (circ. 
101,000) ran an editorial entitled, "North Korea and its Nuclear 
Diplomacy" that states: 
 
"Monday's nuclear test is just another landmark of an unchanged 
strategy:  Using the threat of a nuclear conflict to attain 
political and economic concessions in a constant push and shove with 
the international community....  In a threat of this magnitude, 
neither passiveness nor an aggressive policy toward North Korea is 
the indicated path....  There is no doubt that the region must make 
North Korea realize, with an open but strong dialogue, that it is 
not in its interest to be isolated and hostile with its neighbors or 
have a relationship built on intimidation and fear." 
 
¶3.  On October 9, private television "Chilevision" international 
analyst Raul Sohr concluded: 
 
"It is not exactly known what the success of this test was....  The 
political impact is the same whether the bomb failed or succeeded 
because North Korea challenged the world....  North Korea is a 
threat for the whole world.  A country that has suffered dramatic 
hunger problems and has a regime that has such disrespect for its 
own people do not have respect for others." 
 
KELLY