North Korea does second missile test in a week


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North Korea today did its second short-range missile test in the past week.

They launched two missiles, each traveling about 260 miles.

This is clearly a negotiating tactic on their part. This spat of launches now might also have been encouraged by their sponsor, China, which is also in negotiations with the Trump administration about trade. China gains negotiating leverage with Trump in that it can say: Give us what we want and we will pressure North Korea to cease missile tests.

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  • Phill O

    This may also have been triggered by Iran, their potential buyer of nuclear expertise.

  • wayne

    We just tested 2 different Minuteman III missiles, this month alone.

  • Dick Eagleson

    The long-range missiles the Norks were testing a couple years back – and suddenly getting successful flights out of – had engines that looked a lot like those of prior-generation Soviet/Russian ICBM’s. These newest missiles being tested look very much like recent Russian tactical rockets. It seems the Norks have been getting some non-trivial sub rosa help from our Russkie enemies since Mr. Trump has been President.

    Mr. Trump has made some headway in negotiating with the DPRK, but I think the semi-covert backing of Russia will probably preclude any really substantive deal. If Kim thought he was actually entirely on his own the outcome would likely be different, but the knowledge that he has some Russian support changes the negotiating calculus and works heavily against a de-nuclearization/de-missilization outcome. Mr. Trump will, no doubt, continue his efforts toward a peaceful resolution for the remainder of his first term, but I think a military solution is the highest likelihood eventual outcome. That would be a project for Mr. Trump’s second term.

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