U.S. detects failed North Korean midrange missile test - UPI.com
UPI reports: "The U.S. military said it detected a failed missile test by North Korea
on Friday, their seventh such test this year.
U.S. Strategic Command said the test was for a Musudan intermediate
missile. It occurred at 10:33 p.m. Friday in the northwest city of
Kusong. The missile failed to launch and detonated on the ground, the
Pentagon said. [...] Though the North has successfully detonated nuclear bombs, they have
not shown the capacity to develop bombs small enough they could be fit
onto a missile in order to deliver a nuclear payload. Nor, as Friday's
test shows, have they perfected the missile technology itself. All the tests are in violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions banning them."
Comment: It looks like Obama will let his successor worry about what to do about North Korea. Because this problem is so fraught with danger I suspect nothing much will be done until the North is very close to fitting a nuclear warhead on a missile. The real question is for the intelligence services, how will they know when the North is close enough that an attack will deter them?