Jane's Defense Weekly has reported that North Korea plans a missile launch from the Musudan-ni spaceport site on the communist country's northeastern coast based, in-part, on satellite imagery. A prototype Taepodong 2 intermediate-range ballistic missile or a Paektusan 2 orbital space launch vehicle is expected to be launched if North Korea proceeds as indicated.
The military and diplomatic bluster from North Korea could simply be a test of the metal of President Barack Obama. North Koreans tested the resolve of former President George W. Bush time and again. President Obama may exercise the option to placing US missile defense systems on alert.