HUFFINGTON POST
06/26/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

North Korea blast is a test for U.S.

A North Korean soldier scans the southern side of the border at Panmunjom along the Demilitarized Zone.
A North Korean soldier scans the southern side of the border at Panmunjom along the Demilitarized Zone.

Paul Carroll

Special to CNN

Reports of North Korea conducting a second nuclear test Monday have caused predictable alarm bells to ring in Washington, Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo and around the world.

Pyongyang’s action has rightly been condemned as a breach of international law, which it is because it violates U.N. Security Council resolutions passed in the wake of its earlier test in 2006.

But it is important to focus on two things in the aftermath of the test. First, what

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