We launch a huge rocket on the 4th and the world cheers...North Korea does and the world shudders. Someone has to do something about those insane folks north of Seoul.
The problem is: what? The U.S. tried to get an agreement in place in 1994 involving aid in exchange for a promise that they would give up nuclear ambitions. Yeah, that worked. Now they seem hell-bent on perfecting missile technology which poses some threat to us but a huge threat to South Korea and Japan.
They are so isolated and so inward, what do you threaten them with short of military action? And if you do that, those crazy fucks may obliterate Seoul; they have about 100,000 artillery pieces aimed there.