White House condemns North Korea’s failed rocket launch effort
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White House condemns North Korea’s failed rocket launch effort

Pyŏngyang : North Korea | Apr 13, 2012 at 1:16 AM PDT
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North Korea suffered a major blow as its much anticipated yet controversial rocket collapsed into the sea 90 seconds after its take off. White House today denounced the rocket launch attempt by North Korea.

North Korea went against all international condemnation to launch its much-hyped missile timed to celebrate the 100th birthday of the deceased founder of the state, Kim II-sung, only to admit later on that the rocket failed to achieve its purpose of launching a satellite into the orbit.

"The earth observation satellite failed to enter its preset orbit," North Korea's state TV reported early Friday, according to Reuters. "Scientists, technicians and experts are now looking into the cause of the failure." In 2009, a similar rocket launch failure was ballyhooed as a huge success.

The launch not only posed a serious threat to the environment, but also was in break of the recently locked aid deal with the United Nations. South Korea, Japan and United States have strongly condemned the action and joined hands against North by imposing another series of sanctions.

"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," spokesman Jay Carney said in a written statement, The Ticket reports.

While Carey did not mention the next step to be taken in response to the breach, he said that President Obama's efforts to help the Stalinist regime might come to a halt after this. “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." Earlier, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton had also warned Pyongyang of the consequences if it were to go ahead with this launch.

While North Korea insists that the Unha-3 rocket intended to put a weather satellite into the space, United States suspects that it was designed to deliver a nuclear warhead enhancing North’s capability to strike United States.

The rocket crashed into the Yellow Sea that lies between Korean peninsula and China, according to the officials in Seoul, Washington and Tokyo. "No debris fell on land," America’s Aerospace Defense Command said, according to an NBC report. "At no time were the missiles or the resultant debris a threat.

Observers and experts believe that North Korea still lags far behind other nations that have already launched several satellites into the space and its chances of success of a third launch are relatively slim. Bruce W. Bennett, a senior defense analyst, thinks that North Korean leadership will be much eager to do something pretty soon to ease out this failure, predicting a nuclear test within the next few days, Bloomberg reports.

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A soldier stands guard in front of the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket sitting on a launch pad at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site, northwest of Pyongyang
A soldier stands guard in front of the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket sitting on a launch pad at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site, northwest of Pyongyang
Wendy Zachary is based in Texas, Texas, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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