North Korea's rocket launch fails after lift-off, embarrassing the nation

North Korea's rocket launch fails after lift-off, embarrassing the nation

Sinŭiju : North Korea | Apr 13, 2012 at 1:22 AM PDT
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The rocket launch by North Korea failed quickly after its lift-off, resulting in embarrassment for the nation

It was a moment of great embarrassment and disappointment for North Korea, as the rocket about which the nation had been boasting about, failed and fell into pieces. On Friday morning, the nation's dreams were shattered as the much-hyped rocket fell into pieces quickly after its lift-off. The rocket launch took place at 7:39 a.m. on a wind-free Friday morning from a base near the west coast city of Sinuiju.

Since the time North Korea announced that it would be creating and sending a satellite into space, its enemies and even neutral nations were not very happy with the idea. The move would have resulted in an imbalance of power and subsequent power struggles in an already conflict-struck area.

The U.S. and South Korea were keeping a close watch on North Korea's rocket launch and even their reports said that the rocket disintegrated quickly after its launch and its pieces were lost in the Yellow Sea. "The missile traveled one to two minutes and broke apart in the air. It broke into 20 separate pieces," Shin Won-shik, a South Korean Defense Ministry official, said at a briefing Friday morning, according to a report by LA Times.

It was reported that after the rocket fell apart in the air, its debris fell 60 to 90 miles off the west coast of South Korea. According to reports, the first stage of the missile fell into the sea about 100 miles west of Seoul, while the remaining stages had burned down in the air and no debris fell on land.

The launching of the rocket was scheduled for the 15th of April, which also marked the centennial of founder Kim II Sung's birth. The failure of the launch is also being seen as North Korea's new leader, Kim Jong Un, who is still in his 20s. He became the untested leader after the death of his father, Kim Jong II.

"North Korea's provocative action threatens regional security, violates international law and contravenes its own recent commitments," the White House said in a statement. "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."

It is still not clear whether North Korea will go ahead with its ambitious and costly plans after this failure.

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North Korean visitors pose in front of the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket sitting on a launch pad at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site
North Korean visitors pose in front of the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket sitting on a launch pad at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site
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