North Korea launches another ballistic missile


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Does this make you feel safer? North Korea today launched another ballistic missile.

Not much is known about the rocket or the launch. My overall impression however is that North Korea is refining its approach to the launch of these rockets. Several years ago they would blast away, with no sense of rhyme or reason, often following up one failed launch with another almost immediately. Sometimes they would even try to launch a bunch of rockets in one day. To me these earlier launches suggested a mindless attempt at bravado, with little serious interest at improving the technology.

Now their launches seem to have a more measured cadence, as if they are properly treating each launch as an engineering test. They then review their results, apply them, and try again.

If so, we have much more to fear from their effort to develop rockets and nuclear bombs.

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2 comments

  • wodun

    The recent launches also show a precision in targeting and flight control. Rather than just going out to sea, they go up a certain distance and out a certain distance to show capabilities but also not land on anyone who would get upset.

  • Michael Miller

    If North Korea nukes Los Angeles, would Mexico declare war?

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