North Korea is fizzling. By trial and error.
Being human, our common humanity will enable the North Korean regime to eventually succeed in sending their rocket up and perhaps across the fence into the south, to fizzle in the fields just outside Seoul. May be a week or so before November 06, 2012.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and American President Barack Obama want to suspend food aid to the North. There is a lot of bad blood between the Japanese and the Koreans. The one Korean people do not like fellow Koreans to suffer. South Korea and America may get along, but Tokyo may not with Seoul if the Korean people starve in the North because 3 out of 5 of the 6 parties want to halt food supplies to Pyongyang.
The leverage for 3 of the 5 parties, excluding China and Russia, is in the fizzle of the 1 party, North Korea, that is on the other side of the barbed wire. As much as Obama and Noda agree that saber-rattling by the North is a sign of weakness to get attention every time supplies are low, it points to a deeper decrepitude: Pyongyang is ill-equipped to defend itself. Provocation by the North is an empty threat.
The free South Korean military might as well move in to feed their brethren up north, de-fencing and de-mining their way into the capital, breaking the Armistice Agreement of 1953 to end the Korean War swiftly in One Korea.