…and the countdown is on. The suggestion that it should be attacked on the pad has been made before. If that is to be considered now, then first it must be established exactly what it is that is waiting to be fired. Initial reports are referring to it as a Taepodong II missile.
“Experts had predicted the North would install the projectile on the launchpad this coming weekend at the earliest given the lead time because it had notified international organizations of a plan to launch what it says is an experimental communications satellite between Apr. 4 and 8. ”
It is, of course, North Korea’s intention always to trump its informal ally Iran in the global news headline-making stakes, and one guesses that the stir the expected launch is making internationally had them itching to continue momentum by putting it on the pad earlier than expected.