A pattern has emerged in President Biden’s dealings with weak opponents: He opens with tough talk but fails to comply. It has been most conspicuous with Iran, Russia and the Taliban, but North Korea may be next.
Pyongyang on Wednesday fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea between the Korean peninsula and Japan, its second test in a week and its third major test this year. The country launched new long-range cruise missiles over the weekend and short-range ballistic missiles in March. More provocations followed after Kim Jong Un tested President Biden’s resolve.