North Korea’s No-Brainer Rocket Launch
While there is some amount of gnashing of teeth and wringing of hands, the simple purpose of the upcoming North Korean rocket launch is this: to be able and deliver a nuclear weapon to a target.
If North Korea wanted space services, they could simply buy them from the Chinese, sanction-free, at a significant savings, and with little loss of face should the event fail.
But if North Korea wants an organic nuclear weapon deliver capability—which they do; that’s also why they have a nuclear weapons program—they have to do it themselves.
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