North Korea Launches Rocket

North Korea Launches Rocket

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North Korea has launched a long-range rocket, but reports suggest that the missile fell apart not long after launch.

Pyongyang claimed the test was part of a peaceful program to launch a weather satellite, however, other countries noted that the test would also allow the North Koreans to gage the range and accuracy of their missile program.

Richard Engel, NBC News chief foreign correspondent, reported from North Korea that: “There is not a lot of information being disseminated at this point…(but) we did hear just a short while ago after the launch took place, after it was confirmed internationally, some martial music playing in the street, some fighter jets flying overhead. This is a national celebration time in North Korea and this rocket launch and this satellite launch, as the government describes it, is seen as a source of pride.”

Relations between the United States and North Korea had looked to be moving in a positive direction with a February deal under which Pyongyang “agreed to implement a moratorium on long-range missile launches, nuclear tests, and nuclear activities at Yongbyon, including uranium enrichment activities” in exchange for food aid. However, the U.S. said it was suspending the deal in light of Pyongyang’s insistence the satellite launch was to go ahead.

The launch, along with recent reports that North Korea may soon also test a nuclear device, is dashing any remaining hopes that Kim Jong-un’s rule would see a departure from the policies of his late father.

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John Adams
April 13, 2012 at 22:07

The food deal is a loss for the hungry masses but not for the ruling elite, they look particularly well fed.
I have great concern that we don’t appear to understand North Korea better than we do and it’s important we don’t ridicule the regime. Loss of face can have catastophic consequences for the people of the peninsular and then for the rest of us.

mareo2
April 13, 2012 at 12:45

The rocket exploded in mid-air after just two minutes. Losing the food deal, upset a lot of people and look like an inept. It was really worth the troubles?

ariel
April 13, 2012 at 12:11

Good one. LOL!!!!!

bangsarster
April 13, 2012 at 08:36

How I wish the rocket lands in Beijing precisely at the Communist party’s HQ?

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