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As N. Korea Missile Brings End to Susan Rice Holiday Party, of Turkey & NATO Missiles

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, December 11 -- Even under the threat of a North Korea launch, Tuesday seemed a regular UN-world holiday evening. After a press stakeout on the UN paying blood money for bringing cholera to Haiti, the rush was to the European Union's celebration of its Nobel Peace Prize win.

  In a large glassed-in room over Third Avenue, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon congratulated the EU. It was joked that not this year but soon the EU could win the Nobel for economics.

  Then a subway up to 59th Street for the farewell of one of the best spokesmen, chockablock with insider correspondents. Then and only then down to the holiest of UN holiday grails, US Ambassador Susan Rice's party complete with jazz band and turkey and ham.

  There Inner City Press found past and present Libyan ambassador Shalgam, and his Sri Lankan counterpart; Togo and Morocco, Montenegro and and the UK deputy whose apartment was used for his spokesman's farewell. That's how it is in UN-world: all for one, and all for one, at least among the diplomats.

  But then the mood suddenly turned sober at Ambassador Rice's party. No it was not her fault, as some would like to claim. The long awaited but often dismissed DPRK launch took place, reportedly over Okinawa.

  Inner City Press quickly went to the side room with the food, where it seemed the news would be last to hit. But even there, already a push was on: this is a private party, you cannot report on it.

A Turkey picture later, still some push back, but less. This is documenting a moment. Isn't it Turkey, which wants NATO Patriot missile pointed at Syria?

And no, DPRK is not Susan Rice's fault. A rush by Inner City Press back past the South Korean and US mission to the Security Council stakeout found all three to be quiet.

As more than one UN correspondent cynically opined, at least this way we're probably done be Christmas. Some weak press statement, pushed by the South Koreans. Unless of course there is another missile. Watch this site.

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