North Korea doesn't care what the world does or thinks. They have shown they care more about rocket launches than feeding their starving people. If anything was said during the elections, it would habe been meaningless rhetoric.
Most likely. What is bizarre is that the people of North Korea firmly believe that N. Korea is far ahead of the rest of the world. Since they now little about the outside world a bluff is all the gov't needs to further control the people.
This is an excellent development from the DPRK. It is a peaceful mission, many other countries have launched satellites. The way this has been cynically twisted in the West and fraudulently presented as a missile is typical of imperialism.
The DPRK has proven it is not a backwards country and so they must be presented as a threat. We've seen it all before.