The United States calls North Korea's plans for a new, long-range rocket launch "highly provocative." Read more.
An Iranian delegation will certainly observe the launch. North Korea's Islamist proliferation partner could well be paying for part or all of the test.
And what about China, North Korea's closest ally and provider of support, including food and fuel, without which the North would collapse in a matter of days? There will be heightened suspicion on the part of many observers that Beijing is also behind the provocation. China's military leaders (China's real rulers?) are increasingly angered by the Obama administration's Asia-Pacific initiatives, seeing the U.S. "pivot" as an obvious attempt to contain China's rise.