Because I couldn’t resist

Two fair questions prompted by the cartoon: (1) How far has North Korea’s missile program advanced since 2006 and (2) how far has the US Ground Based Midcourse Defense System (GMD) advanced since 2006?

North Korea’s Planned Rocket Launch Update

South Korea’s YTN reports North Korea may launch its Kwangmyeongseong-3 rocket on April 14th, weather permitting. The North is expected to hold a parliamentary session on April 13th to anoint Kim Jong-un and celebrate its founder Kim Il-sung’s 100th birthday on April 15th. YTN reports, the North is allowing international media to arrive on April 12th.