North Korea fires missile from submarine, appears to have failed: South Korea - Reuters
Reuters reports: "North Korea fired a ballistic missile from a submarine on Saturday but
it appears to have failed soon after launch, South Korea's military
The launch comes at the end of a week of sharply rising tensions on the
peninsula. It is only a day after the U.S. and South Korea pledged to
deploy an advanced anti-missile system to counter threats from
Pyongyang, and two days after North Korea warned it was planning its
toughest response to what it deemed a 'declaration of war' by the United
That followed Washington's blacklisting of the isolated state's leader
Kim Jong Un for alleged human rights abuses."
Comment: China asked the U.S. not to deploy the anti-missile system. It might have been prudent for the U.S. to show regard for China's sensibilities and put the deployment on hold with the understanding that if Pyongyang engaged in any further provocative acts, the deployment decision would be reconsidered. The U.S. would thus have engendered goodwill among the Chinese leadership (some of whom are not overtly hostile towards the U.S.) and at the same time, guaranteed the eventual deployment of the missile system when the North again conducted a missile launch, as there was little chance young Un would show restraint. Sadly, the opportunity has passed.