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Obama agenda: This is only a test?

"One day after a surprise nuclear test drew angry and widespread condemnation, North Korea continued its defiance of the international community on Tuesday by test-firing two more short-range missiles, a South Korean government official said," the New York Times reports.

The Washington Post: "Although Monday's detonation did not appear to be a significant technical advance over Pyongyang's first underground test three years ago, it has triggered a faster and more negative response from other countries, including China and Russia, North Korea's historical allies. The missile firings are adding to the tension." 

The Washington Times wonders whether these latest tests are part of Kim Jong Il's attempts at building a legacy before he steps down.

The Boston Globe calls North Korea's nuclear test "its most defiant move since President Obama took office" and that it "presents a direct challenge to the new US administration's more conciliatory approach to ending North Korea's nuclear program."

The Washington Post's editorial: Don't respond.

Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Bob Gates has said that "American public support for the Afghan war will dissipate in less than a year unless the Obama administration achieves 'a perceptible shift in momentum,'" per the Wall Street Journal. "Mr. Gates said the momentum in Afghanistan is with the Taliban, who are inflicting heavy U.S. casualties and hold de facto control of swaths of the country."

More: "The defense chief has been moving aggressively to salvage the war in Afghanistan, signing off on the deployments of 21,000 American military personnel and recently taking the unprecedented step of firing the four-star general who commanded all U.S. forces there. Mr. Gates, speaking in his cabin on an Air Force plane, said the administration is rapidly running out of time to turn around the war."