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About 90 seconds after liftoff, it broke apart.
Surprisingly, Pyongyangâ€™s fourth test of a long-range launcher was much less successful than its first, in 1998.
Before yesterday, all the signs pointed to a flawless flight. For one thing, the two preceding launches were dismal failures, so it appeared that the Northâ€™s technicians had learned from their mistakes.
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In many ways, therefore, the test was a debacle for young leader Kim. But donâ€™t gloat yet. To prove his chops, he will have to show regime elements that he is strong.
And how does he do that now that his missile Michal Korrs exploded in his face? Expect a detonation of a nuclear device soon.
In 2006 and 2009,michael kors shop, the North Koreans tested atomic bombs shortly after launching long-range missiles. South Korean intelligence sources this month revealed satellite photos of excavation of earth near the site of the two previous detonations.
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Will history repeat itself?
North Korea is said to be â€śunpredictable,michael koors,â€ť but its behavior does fall into patterns. Unfortunately, the Kim family regime always picks the worst possible option.
Chang is a Forbes.com columnist and author of Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On the World (Random House, 2006).