Russia didn't take a time-out last week despite pressure from the international community to stop its global bullying campaign.
This footage was also released a day after Putin announced his post-Skirpal diplomatic expulsions and property seizures and should be considered part of Putin's response to Skirpal.
The footage of Satan-2 was likely meant to show the ongoing sophistication of Russia's missile program and how little Putin is deterred from pursuing more advanced capabilities in the wake of reporting that you, Mr. President, noted that he was taking a more moderate tone and talking about de-escalating the nuclear arms race. This feels and smells like Putin-style manipulation. We can either choose to ignore it, publicly rebuke this escalation or identify some kind of asymmetric response.
Syria draw-down: Applause from the wrong crowd
Whether we are actually drawing down, or just mentioning it more blithely, reactions are likely to be strong:
Kim Jong Un's 'mystery train' tour: Additional venues may be scheduled
Kim Jong Un remains an enigma, but the hermit king's profile is starting to fill out. His likes include mystery trains, bright lights and global attention. His dislikes include any mention that his nuclear program is illegal, accusations of human rights abuses or generally menacing behavior.
In other words, there's a real possibility that countries will still line up to host Kim. And Kim will be able to then claim that his global 'mystery tour' schedule means he needs to extend the timeline for any denuclearization steps.
Kim shouldn't fool anyone -- his extended mystery train tours aren't a cover for making nuclear progress while getting global attention and affection. We should urge any country thinking about inviting Kim for a visit to insist on North Korean actions