Prior to this round of North Korean saber-rattling, the US conducted secret talks with North Korea. Washington did not inform its security partner, Japan at the time and only informally confirmed one of them when the Japanese side pressed. Read more at Before It’s News.
Meanwhile North Korea’s missile test ended up being less than impressive, possible due to technical failure in boost phase under a minute after ABC News reported a possible rocket failure. The Unha-3 and payload was believed by some to be destroyed at an altitude of 75,459 feet by currently unknown forces.