N. Korea and the missile launch
Some of you may know, the North Koreans have threatened to the world that they may launch a new Taepodong 2 missile as a test carrier for a nuclear warhead.
The missile was filled with propellant, meaning that likely the missile will be fired within ten days (the propellant is highly corrosive to the internals). There is also the matter of national pride. Since the N. Koreans claimed they will perform the test to their people, backing down would be viewed as cowardice among their people to the evils of the west.
The N. Koreans recently asked for 1 on 1 talks with the US, in an agreement to delay the launch further. The US responded that the N. Koreans can continue with the 6 nation talks that they backed out of in the first place...or forget it.
The world is watching. Japan and China, in particular, are extremely worrried about this. Do you think N. Korea will launch?