Saturday, the 105th birthday of Kim Il Sung, known as North Korea's Eternal President, was tense.
Many observers feared North Korea would carry out its sixth nuclear test, or that the USS Carl Vinson and its escorts -- which Pyongyang at the time thought were just off the coast of North Korea -- would attack.
Very few people outside the US administration knew the carrier group was in fact some 3,500 miles away from the Korean Peninsula.
Both North Korea and the United States warned of devastating consequences if the other made a move. Only a small miscalculation in Pyongyang, Washington or Beijing might have sent the situation spiraling into violence.
But in the end none of that happened. Instead, the next day, North Korea tried and failed to launch a medium-range missile, to which neither the United States nor China responded. We got through yet another North Korean crisis.
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