Sunday, April 5, 2009

North Korea Launches Rocket

Defiant N Korea launches rocket

BBC — North Korea has defied international warnings and gone ahead with a controversial rocket launch.
State media said a satellite had been put into orbit and was transmitting data and revolutionary songs.
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Obama’s Statement on North Korea Rocket Launching

New York Times — Following is the text of President Obama’s statement Sunday on North Korea’s rocket launching, as released by the White House:
North Korea’s development and proliferation of ballistic missile technology pose a threat to the northeast Asian region and to international peace and security. The launch today of a Taepo-dong 2 missile was a clear violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1718, which expressly prohibits North Korea from conducting ballistic missile-related activities of any kind. With this provocative act, North Korea has ignored its international obligations, rejected unequivocal calls for restraint, and further isolated itself from the community of nations.
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North Korea launch to bring glory, little pain

Reuters UK — North Korea's apparently successful launch of a long-range rocket on Sunday is a major boost for leader Kim Jong-il, who can probably expect little punishment from powers who saw the move as a missile test that violated U.N. resolutions.
North Korea now potentially has a weapon that can reach U.S. territory, allowing it to directly threaten its main adversary for the first time.
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