The communist state of North Korea seems like a location that is too remote from Britain for us to care about. In many respects, this might be true but this week’s nuclear weapon test is an event than can have a much wider fall-out in every sense. The East-West Cold War ended some 20 years ago and with it some of our focus on the dangers of nuclear proliferation. Today we have other simultaneous worldwide concerns such as terrorism, recession, global warming and a possible ‘flu pandemic. The coincidence of these issues could cause you to visualise that somewhere there is a global control room staffed by the people of a fictional organisation from the movies, such as SPECTRE or THRUSH.