Only a few days after North Korea conducted its third nuclear weapons test the rogue state has told its closest ally it plans one or two more nuclear tests this year in hopes of driving American foreign policy.

North Korea has told its key ally, China, that it is prepared to stage one or even two more nuclear tests this year in an effort to force the United States into diplomatic talks with Pyongyang, said a source with direct knowledge of the message.

Further tests could also be accompanied this year by another rocket launch, said the source who has direct access to the top levels of government in both Beijing and Pyongyang…

The tests will be undertaken, the source said, unless Washington holds talks with North Korea and abandons its policy of what Pyongyang sees as attempts at regime change.

As Republicans filibuster Chuck Hagel over an alleged lack of commitment to stopping Iran in their alleged quest for nuclear weapons – a true nuclear power is truly using nuclear weapons as leverage against America. In other words, the Iranian dream scenario is a waking nightmare in North Korea. Not that you would know such a truth from listening to discussions in Washington on U.S foreign policy.

We are learning the hard way that the American foreign policy establishment – the same one that sleep walked us into 9/11 – are thoroughly incompetent. They are driven by their own elite interests and not the country’s and in their quixotic quest to dictate politics in the resource rich Middle East they are taking our eye off the ball in North Korea – a nation with actual nuclear weapons that is actually working on developing missiles that can hit the United States.

Washington’s corruption and ineptitude could prove lethal, again.