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International Community Considers Response to N. Korean Rocket Launch

Unha-3 rocket lifts off from a launch site on the west coast, in the village of Tongchang-ri, about 56 kilometers (35 miles) from the Chinese border city of Dandong, North Korea, Dec. 12, 2012.
Unha-3 rocket lifts off from a launch site on the west coast, in the village of Tongchang-ri, about 56 kilometers (35 miles) from the Chinese border city of Dandong, North Korea, Dec. 12, 2012.
— It is still not clear if the satellite North Korea placed into orbit Wednesday is properly functioning. Meanwhile, the international community is still contemplating what action to take against the isolated and impoverished state, which conducted the
launch in defiance of previous United Nations resolutions.

South Korea has announced no immediate additional measures against the North as a result of what Seoul considers a test of ballistic missile technology.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Cho Tai-young told reporters Thursday the launch was a grave challenge to international peace.

Cho said North Korea disregarded previous U.N. Security Council resolutions and that South Korea thinks there must be harsher measures than those enacted following the North's previous failed launch in April.

The Security Council issued a statement calling it a clear violation of its previous resolutions prohibiting North Korea from activities that could help it develop ballistic missiles.

It is unclear whether any new U.N. resolution will follow that would include additional punishment on Pyongyang.

North Korea claims the launch of a three-stage liquid-fueled rocket was a peaceful use of space to deploy an "earth survey satellite."

The United States has also given no indication what additional punitive actions it is contemplating. Media reports prior to the launch suggested an American-led effort to further restrict North Korea's access to the international banking system.

Wednesday's launch came just a week before South Korea heads to the polls to choose a new president.

The front-runner, conservative Park Geun-hye of the Saenuri Party, accuses Pyongyang of trying to influence the election by carrying out the provocative launch.

Speaking at a campaign rally, Park said North Korea is trying to test the South Korean people. She calls on the electorate to choose a candidate with a strong view on national security.

Park's main opponent, Moon Jae-in of the Democratic United Party, says the North Korean launch demonstrates the failures of the conservatives.

Moon said the government's inability to figure out whether or not the North Korean missile was even on the launch pad shows its incompetence when it comes to national security.

President Lee Myung-bak is a member of the Saenuri Party. He is limited to a single five-year term.

However, analysts foresee the North Korean launch having a minimal impact in next Wednesday's election. Park maintains a narrow lead over Moon in the final public opinion polls released this week.

The two Koreas have no diplomatic or significant trade ties. They technically remain at war, because no peace treaty was signed after their devastating three-year civil conflict fought to a draw in the early 1950's.

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by: Moby220 from: Redondo Beach
December 13, 2012 11:27 AM
It is interesting that on the SAME day the the USAF launches a super secret "Space Plane" that looks a lot like a miniature shuttle that we so blatantly criticize another country for essentially doing the same thing as we are.. Hypocrisy ???


by: Marvin Iavecchia from: Washington DC
December 13, 2012 10:05 AM
oh no! Not an 'international response'!!! I tremble at the thought of thaaaat..


by: Brian S from: Pennsylvania
December 13, 2012 8:58 AM
It's amazing how the international community freaks out over something so minor. N Korea can't even support its own people and its scientists are pretty much closed off from the scientific community, do we really expect that they'll be able to deliver, or even develop a nuclear weapon?

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by: Charlie from: USA
December 13, 2012 10:41 AM
actually, they have detonated a weak nuclear weapon. they've also demonstrated that they can continue to test and develop the capabilities for destroying large amounts of people without any interference from US or other foreign powers... so, we'll continue sanctioning them while our enemies give them support monetarily and scholastically in exchange for being able to get their hands on the tech... meanwhile the DPRK holds its citizens hostage and has them convince that USA wants to destroy them, so they will fight until the last man if provoked, and all innocents will be slaughtered or try to seek refuge in china and russia, which the chinese and russians don't want anything to do with either...


by: Erkel from: U.S.
December 13, 2012 8:35 AM
The North Koreans must have gone to a hobby shop and bought those large model rocket engines to be able to launch a rocket successfully. But does that "satellite" even work? The U.S. should destroy it while it's in orbit with one of our satellite killing technologies and tell the N. Koreans that it didn't really happen.


by: clarence from: lake charles, la.
December 13, 2012 8:08 AM
Yea, it was caused by by a faulty''AA'' battery in their remote control.


by: Mohammad Ataullah from: Canada
December 13, 2012 7:55 AM
Who is this International Community, USA, UK, Canada & Israel? What about the rest of the world as recently found out in UN Israel & Palestinian State Voting 138 to 9 (USA, Canada, Czech & tiny States hungry for USA Aids). Just like USA Baseball Series is called World Series. What a Deception. Get Real!


by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
December 13, 2012 7:23 AM
I don't know how UN and US have rights to ban North Korea to lauch rocket. How do they distinguish missile from satellite-lauching rocket? It's nonsense for countiries already bearing nuclear weapons to ban others to have the same thing attractive.

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by: Nadeem Ahmed from: US
December 13, 2012 11:42 AM
Maybe the North koreans are happy living the way they are, if not human nature dictates at some point they would rebel.

Look at the US, the NK can also say Americans have no free healthcare and poor Americans are being deliberatly killed by their government, you can spin propaganda any which way you like.

Its nobodys business if NK sends a rocket into space, the Europeans and the Americans and others routinely do the same, as for Nuclea weapons, the US has the biggest arsenal in the world, who gave it the right to be the only one to have them, I apologize to the North Koreans, for American interference, it does not say anything to Israel who is the real International criminal and paraiah.

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by: Erkel from: U.S.
December 13, 2012 8:42 AM
"It's nonsense for countries already bearing nuclear weapons to ban others to have the same thing attractive" Besides the poor syntax of your sentence the underlying statement shows you're in the dark about the leadership of North Korea. Don't forget they starve their own citizens and send them off to concentration camps to die. Allowing them to possess nuclear weapons is like giving a handgun to a baby.


by: Charlie from: USA
December 13, 2012 7:18 AM
it has been two weeks since the first rocket stage was delivered to the pad. any nation that didn't want the thing to go up had plenty of time to pre-emptively destroy it. DPRK is asking for war and considers itself in a war.
just bring all the US troops home, commission them CBP agents and secure our own border, F everyone else, where's OUR $multibillion subsidies and RPGs? o yea, i guess we just buy them for everyone else until they destroy each other and forget that they're being pickpocketed for their natural resources at the same time... very well then, carry on...

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by: Matthew from: USA
December 13, 2012 11:49 AM
Spot on... Why is it so hard for everyone to see that this is exactly what is happening.

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by: nm from: usa
December 13, 2012 9:26 AM
Well put.

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