The Pentagon on Tuesday released a statement that U.S. Pacific Command had detected the launch of a single, medium-range ballistic missile by North Korea and tracked its flight until it landed in the Sea of Japan.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson soon after issued a statement so terse that journalists were left debating just what it meant. Is it just a placeholder until a real North Korea policy is in place, or is it flat-out brilliant as-is?

And that’s it.