Instead of launching a satellite that was supposed to beam the song of General Kim Il-sung from space, the missile launched by North Korea on Friday lasted less than two minutes before exploding in 20 pieces and falling into the Yellow Sea. Rod Stewart’s I Am Sailing would have been a safer bet to take on board. The question on every analyst’s mind was how North Korea’s military would express its humiliation. Few were in much doubt that the next riposte in this war of symbols would come from the military, but what would it be? A launch of another rocket, a military exercise next to the demilitarised zone, a third nuclear test?
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