3rd UPDATE: 8:52 p.m. EST:
A few important questions, and none of which necessary requires an immediate answer.
- Once the West voice its anger about the latest missile tests, what exactly will they choose to do? Direct attacks could lead to dangerous responses.
- Can China do ANYTHING at this point to rein in the North Koreans? Considering that North Korea has now conducted 24 missile and two nuclear tests inside two years, the answer might already be apparent.
- With diplomatic relations between the two Koreas in an awful place, does South Korea have any leverage to tamp down the hostilities?
- What will Donald Trump do?
2nd UPDATE: 7:55 p.m. EST: “Preventing North Korea’s Nuclear Breakout”, a new book by Robert Litwak of the Wilson Center, takes on added importance after the news of North Korea’s missile tests. (Unsolicited endorsement.)
1st UPDATE: 7:24 p.m. EST: The Sydney Morning Herald reports South Korean officials believe North Korea has fired multiple missiles in its latest tests.
ORIGINAL POST: The first report from Reuters.
North Korea fired an unidentified projectile from its Tongchang-ri region, where a missile base is located, early on Monday, South Korea’s military said.