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North Korea’s Failed Missile Launch: Memes and Speculation

North Korea’s botched missile launch has sparked two things: Internet memes mocking the failure, and speculation about what might happen next.

Some wonder whether the failure could incite Kim Jong-un and North Korea to test a nuclear weapon in order to save face. The country has twice tested plutonium-based weapons underground, and could be moving toward using uranium for the first time at its Punggye-ri excavation site.

Foreign ministers of the G-8 countries condemned the launch and called for North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons programs, and the United States has canceled a proposed food aid deal with the country, calling the missile launch a “provocative action.”

Meanwhile, the international community is waiting to hear the state controlled media “explanation” of the rocket’s failure to properly launch.