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North Korea's Red Herring?

North Korea's Kam Nam 1 ship is expected to be the first target of a United Nations' resolution that allows countries to inspect suspicious shipments-but what if the whole thing is a trap? Top officials in President Obama's administration worry that if the U.S. orders the ship to port and finds no nuclear weapons, Obama would look like President Bush searching for imaginary WMDs. The possibility of trickery is not so unlikely: North Korea is known for playing a cunning weapons game. In 2006, President Kim set off a nuclear weapon and then got the U.S. to remove the country from its terrorism list by closing the nuclear facility. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said he won't "buy the same horse" again.