DENVER – North Korea’s apparently successful launch of its Unha-3 rocket was inevitable after the failed launch nine months ago. There were no signs then – or ever – that the North Koreans were planning to give up. Indeed, the missile launch seemed directly related to another launch – that of North Korea’s newest beloved leader, Kim Jong-un – and the domestic politics surrounding it.
But the question has never been whether the North Koreans were going to abandon their efforts to marry a nuclear warhead to an intercontinental missile. The real issue is what the rest of the world plans to do about it.