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Comic: North Korea

Pyongyang, we have a problem

North Korea had hoped to launch a long-range ballistic missile Thursday to place a satellite in orbit to mark the 100th birthday of Kim Il Sung, the country's founder.

But the missile exploded not long after launch, embarrassing new leader Kim Jong-un, and leaving military analysts expecting imminent face-saving military action, either in the form of a nuclear weapons test or a limited conventional weapons attack on South Korea.

Oh, happy day.

Roberto De Vido is a communications consultant, writer, cartoonist and jack of many trades. The former chief of Tucson Sentinel’s East Asia Bureau, he now lives in California (make of that what you will).

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“A nuclear test next month is a virtual certainty.”

— Marcus Noland, a North Korea expert at the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics