Due to the recent missile agreement between the US and South Korea, the North Koreans are now responding by threatening a long range missile test:
North Korea said on Wednesday that it felt freer to test a long-range missile now that Washington has agreed to let South Korea nearly triple the reach of its ballistic missiles, putting all of the North within its range.
The warning, in a statement from a spokesman for the North’s Foreign Ministry, came a day after the North Korean government claimed to havemissiles capable of striking targets on the American mainland.
The American-South Korean missile agreement, which was announced on Sunday, “poured cold water on all efforts to stabilize the situation on the Korean Peninsula and in the region, including our restraint from launching long-range missiles,” the statement said. “Now, the United States will have nothing to say even if we launch a long-range missile for military purposes.” [New York Times]
You can read the rest at the link, but considering their epic Taepodong-2 failure earlier this year I don’t think they will go that route again for quite some time. I think something they can do that can ratchet up tensions and not make themselves look like fools again is to fire one of their shorter range missiles over Japan just like they did in 1998. It is a low risk test that will likely work, reminds everyone they remain a threat, and despite all the usual complaints there is nothing anyone will do about it in response.