Congrats Dear Leader! Mighty magic Baekdu Mountain Man scored by all accounts a successful launch that makes up for the despotically unbearable failure of the "Six Scuds and A Dud Day" back on Great Satan's BDay party in '06.
This is significant. Great Satan's eye in the sky at NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) indicates that NoKo didnt actually put a satellite in orbit
"North Korea launched a Taepo Dong 2 missile at 10:30 p.m. EDT Saturday which passed over the Sea of Japan/East Sea and the nation of Japan.
"Stage one of the missile fell into the Sea of Japan/East Sea. The remaining stages along with the payload itself landed in the Pacific Ocean.
No object entered orbit and no debris fell on Japan.
NORAD and USNORTHCOM assessed the space launch vehicle as not a threat to North America or Hawaii and took no action in response to this launch."
Totally fullfilling Dr Robert Kagan's caveat that when focus is directed at uncool, unfun and unfree regimes like rocket rich Noko, -
"Syria, Iran and Hiz'B'Allah - Russia and China tend to see " no problems "but useful partners in the great power struggle"
And that's the problem.
If NoKo's missile shot performed as promised - with Iranian helpers on hand, then Taepo Dong may be given dozens of new names as dozens of nations from Arab League to Venezuela line up to purchase and deploy dozens of bristling missiles.
Which means Great Satan's missile shield will be seen sooner rather than later.
Art "Taepo Dong is way better than No Dong" by Jay Fife