Those Wily NORKs

Don’t place any big bets just yet, but it seems increasingly likely that “there never was”: a Kwangmyongsong-2.

If you haven’t been paying attention, check out “Geoff”: “Forden’s”: “analysis”: Looks kinda like an IRBM test, and a successful one, at that.

Update: It might be more accurate to say “a partly successful ICBM test.” It certainly “looks like”: a three-stage rocket, no?

At least “some people”: in South Korea think so. But just try to prove it…

So why might North Korea undertake such a ruse? Well, under UNSCR 1718, North Korea cannot legally test a ballistic missile. But under the “Outer Space Treaty”:, they can launch a satellite:

bq. Outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, shall be free for exploration and use by all States without discrimination of any kind, on a basis of equality and in accordance with international law, and there shall be free access to all areas of celestial bodies.

Hey, did anyone notice that North Korea “acceded”: to the Outer Space Treaty and the Registration Convention on March 10, 2009?

How about that?

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