North Korea has been ramping up its nuclear rhetoric and menacing actions in East Asia lately, seemingly building up to something. Hopefully that something wasn't the missile test the Hermit Kingdom conducted Friday, because that was reportedly a laughable failure.
The Yonhap News Agency quoted the Joint Chiefs of Staff, which said the communist dictatorship apparently "tried a missile launch from the East Sea area early morning today, but it is presumed to have failed."
This was surely not the way Kim Jong Un wanted to celebrate the approaching birthday of the North's first dictator, Kim Il-Sung. It's been widely believed that recent provocations have been related that holiday, which is like Christmas and the Fourth of July for North Korea all rolled into one.
Still, while it's tempting to jeer at North Korea's missile launch snafu after the nation's bluster, the hard truth is that Kim Jong Un is dangerous, and has some serious ammunition to play with.
So it's easy to joke for now, but it's a solid bet that the West and all of North Korea's neighbors in the region are keeping their ears to the ground. Embarrassing failures could make dictator Kim even more dangerous than before.