Well, April 15 of Juche 102 (2013), the 101st birthday of Kim Il-Sung, has come and gone in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and guess what? There was no missile test. How is that possible, you ask, after the mainstream media speculated for days that that momentous occasion was made to order for adding to “North Korea’s recent provocations” with the dramatic event of a missile test? Thus, for instance, BBC, CBS.
Why? Because the people were busy “with flowers and dancing.” Kim Jong-Un himself was paying tribute to his grandfather and father, not supervising artillery. In short, the Koreans who live in the north were behaving much as do people and leaders in the U.S. on, say, Memorial Day.
And why would they bother with such a test? After all, SoS
Dean Acheson John Kerry, after several days of pontificating on the DPRK during his East Asia trip, has finally allowed that the U.S. is willing to engage in two party talks (so, for example, the Guardian, h/t fatster), to be sure carefully couching the concession in a nest of provisos. This, after all, is what the DPRK has always said it wants.
Of course, one approach to the failure of the prediction is to double down and insist that the test may still be coming. FDL’s own DSWright, in an article today on the country’s nuclear technology that was posted less than three hours before the end of the day in East Asia, insisted that “there may be a missile test today or tomorrow” (my emphasis, stated even though the Telegraph article that is linked to only speaks of “today”). I haven’t been able to find the point on CNN’s website but its TV broadcast today claimed to know of “analysts” who thought it unlikely after all that the holiday itself would be utilized for the purpose of war.
Or I suppose we could always blame the North Koreans for the bombs at the Boston Marathon today.