posted on Dec, 3 2012 @ 08:07 AM
Is it a cover story for a weapons test?
Has North Korea learned its lessons about launches?
Failure once again seems the likeliest option on technical and diplomatic fronts
By James Oberg NBC News space analyst
Special to MSNBC
2012-12-02 T5:15 PM EST
HOUSTON — North Korea has two things to prove to the world when it tries once again to put a satellite into orbit, as announced over the weekend.
First, engineers have to prove that they've solved the technical problems that led to an embarrassing launch failure in April. Second, officials have
to prove that their intentions are as peaceful as they say they are.
As hard as the first challenge is, the second one may be harder.