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World Reacts to North Korean Launch

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Posted on Apr 5, 2009
AP photo / Lee Jin-man

South Korean soldiers during a U.S.-South Korea joint military exercise south of Seoul last Tuesday. North Korea is believed to have several nuclear warheads that could be mounted on a missile, an international security expert said Tuesday ahead of a rocket launch that regional powers suspected was designed to test weapon delivery technology.

The U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting following what North Korea described as a satellite launch but what the U.S. and South Korea said was actually a long-range missile test. The U.S., the European Union, Japan and South Korea have all weighed in with varying degrees of concern, while China and Russia have urged calm and restraint.

The meeting ended without achieving a resolution or statement.

According to the U.S. Northern Command, the missile broke up and the debris landed in the Pacific Ocean. According to North Korea, the nation now has a satellite orbiting the Earth broadcasting the songs of Gen. Kim Il-sung and Gen. Kim Jong-il.

BBC:

An emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss North Korea’s rocket launch has ended without agreement.

Japan’s envoy said the council would continue consultations on the most appropriate way to respond.

Tokyo says it is seeking a UN resolution - but China and Russia have both called for restraint.

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By rico, suave, April 7, 2009 at 3:31 pm Link to this comment

boggs: Be specific- What power do we have over the North Koreans? If the US wanted to conquer, why is Korea still divided? Who is acting like its a mystery that the guy’s a whack job? What proof and/or connection do you cite that the Binghamton tragedy was caused by any US atrocities? The Gaza Palestinians pump rockets indiscriminately into southern Israel- are they just like us?

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By rico, suave, April 7, 2009 at 3:21 pm Link to this comment

jr: You’re happy that the PRK launched (actually it failed) a missile capable of hitting the US? And what part of reality does your second paragraph refer to?

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By boggs, April 7, 2009 at 10:28 am Link to this comment

As far as I am concerned, the Koreans know first hand that they cannot trust the U.S.
They know that we might concoct any story that sounds good and that scares the american people just so we can hold power over them.
Korea is divided because of the U.S. and its need to conquer.
We act like its a mystery when an Asian man goes on a shooting rampage in our country. Don’t we realize that many of these young men have no family because of our atrocities.
We are the ones with bombs that travel around the globe dropping them indiscriminately.

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By BlueEagle, April 6, 2009 at 12:19 pm Link to this comment

Ron Paul on North Korea 4/5/09
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F34ZWvccNFg

“People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both.” -Benjamin Franklin

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By jr., April 6, 2009 at 9:34 am Link to this comment

Congratulations to Kin-Jong-Il and the North Koreans for that successful launch.

Once again u.s. intelligence proves to be wrong.  Doesn’t america know it’s not right to cry wolf.  I know, i know, anything to get what you are wanting.

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