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April 12, 2012

Statement by the Press Secretary on North Korea’s Missile Launch

viewofadam:

Despite the failure of its attempted missile launch, North Korea’s provocative action threatens regional security, violates international law and contravenes its own recent commitments. While this action is not surprising given North Korea’s pattern of aggressive behavior, any missile activity by North Korea is of concern to the international community. The United States remains vigilant in the face of North Korean provocations, and is fully committed to the security our allies in the region.


The President has been clear that he is prepared to engage constructively with North Korea.  However, he has also insisted that North Korea live up to its own commitments, adhere to its international obligations and deal peacefully with its neighbors.

 

North Korea is only further isolating itself by engaging in provocative acts, and is wasting its money on weapons and propaganda displays while the North Korean people go hungry. North Korea’s long-standing development of missiles and pursuit of nuclear weapons have not brought it security – and never will. North Korea will only show strength and find security by abiding by international law, living up to its obligations, and by working to feed its citizens, to educate its children, and to win the trust of its neighbors.

(via viewofadam-deactivated20121219)

21:10 // 2 years ago

North Korea’s reported failed rocket launch might’ve cost them big

  • 90 seconds from launch until utter failure — they’re 0 for 3 source
  • failure With much fanfare and tons of controversy surrounding the launch, North Korea’s rocket launch (intended to honor Kim Il-sung) reportedly failed Friday morning local time, with the rocket getting off the ground, falling apart, and going into the sea.
  • cost The Obama administration says that even though the rocket launch didn’t succeed, they would likely still continue with plans to suspend its food aid program with the country — a deal which at the time seemed to suggest easing relations between the countries. source

» One good thing that came out of this: The photos that Western journalists got this week at the very least gave us an interesting view into an area of the world that few have ever seen.

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20:54 // 2 years ago
reuters:

North Korea on Friday launched its controversial rocket carrying a weather satellite, South Korea’s Defense Ministry and U.S. officials said.

A spokesman for the Defense Ministry in Seoul told reporters at a briefing that the launch at taken place at 0739 local time (2239 GMT) and that South Korea and the United States were checking whether it had been a success.
North Korea launches rocket amid international condemnation



Today in countries awkwardly trying to prove their mojo, failing.

reuters:

North Korea on Friday launched its controversial rocket carrying a weather satellite, South Korea’s Defense Ministry and U.S. officials said.

A spokesman for the Defense Ministry in Seoul told reporters at a briefing that the launch at taken place at 0739 local time (2239 GMT) and that South Korea and the United States were checking whether it had been a success.

North Korea launches rocket amid international condemnation

Today in countries awkwardly trying to prove their mojo, failing.

(via soupsoup)

19:52 // 2 years ago
19:28 // 2 years ago
No word on how the rocket failed yet, just that North Korea’s rocket failed, according to ABC News.
EDIT: ABC’s David Muir reporting that the rocket fell apart. (ht Socratescloset on this one)
EDIT 2: CNN’s Barbara Starr reports that the rocket got off the launchpad but broke apart during the flight. (via @AntDeRosa)

No word on how the rocket failed yet, just that North Korea’s rocket failed, according to ABC News.

EDIT: ABC’s David Muir reporting that the rocket fell apart. (ht Socratescloset on this one)

EDIT 2: CNN’s Barbara Starr reports that the rocket got off the launchpad but broke apart during the flight. (via @AntDeRosa)

19:16 // 2 years ago
19:12 // 2 years ago