I’m with you on assuming they just put a nuke in orbit. My guess is that NK accelerated the launch out of fear that the US or Japan would shoot it down before it got out of range. That said, I am left wondering why we didn’t shoot it down. Its not like we didn’t know this was coming. NK barely has electricity let alone a need for satellites. I wonder if this is the first one or if the last satellite they launched which has an orbit that brings it over the center of the US also had a nuke in it. I haven’t seen what the orbit is for this new satellite. My guess is that it also goes over the center of the US.
This is a good time to test whatever we might have for anti-satellite weapons.