U.S. experts on North Korea said Friday’s failed launch will probably not create leadership conflicts in Pyongyang, but that if the true purpose of the launch was to whip up a world media frenzy, it succeeded brilliantly.

“It’s unlikely the apparent failure of the launch will have any effect on the leadership in North Korea, especially since Kim Jong Un has just recently become the first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea and the party’s chairman of the Central Military Commission, positions that need the support of the country’s military. I don’t think that Washington is too concerned right now about a change in the leadership,” said Anthony DiFilippo, professor of Sociology at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and author of the recent “U.S.-Japan-North Korean Security Relations: Irrepressible Interests.”

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.