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Eli Lake

Missile Launch Is Just North Korea's Latest Bait and Switch

Of course the regime is not willing to negotiate away its nuclear potential. But it will happily accept the West's concessions.


Source: Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

There are two ways to understand North Korea's missile test Tuesday after two months without such provocations.

The first is through the lens of masochism. President Donald Trump has taunted North Korea's leader, tweeting recently that he was fat, calling him "little rocket man." Trump's government just added the Hermit Kingdom to the list of state sponsors of terrorism, 10 years after President George W. Bush removed the regime during negotiations.