They’re launching back into it. State media reported that Pyongyang tested a new type of “tactical guided weapon” yesterday — the first such launch since talks between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. But while details remain scant, observers believe it’s unlikely that Wednesday’s test was that of a nuclear or intercontinental ballistic missile. The Foreign Ministry also issued a demand that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo be excluded from negotiations.
Will talks collapse? Some experts believe the launch amounts to propaganda for the North Korean people while still allowing Pyongyang to stick to Kim’s pledge last year to halt ICBM tests.