PYONYANG/SEOUL Fri April 13, 2012- North Korea’s overrated long-range rocket launch failed on Friday in a very unusual manner which caused embarrassment, besides raising a question mark on the ability and leadership of its new leader. North Korea is widely expected to advance with its third nuclear test to demonstrate its military might.
A veteran South Korean Defense Ministry's spokesperson was quoted at a parliamentary hearing, “The likelihood of an extra long-range rocket launch or a nuclear test, plus the military will reinforce internal cohesion is very high".
Pathetically, the rocket flew for just a few minutes covering a very small distance of 100km and detonated over a sea dividing the Korean peninsula and China, far less than the last rocket in 2009 that travelled 3,800km, frightening Japan when it over-flew.
North Korea has repetitively protected its right to launch rockets for what it says are nonviolent/peaceful purposes and may have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in the failed launch, which they could have utilized for the public welfare. So in order to calm down the public anger and provide face saving the government is most likely to carry out third round of Nuclear Tests.
The perpetual heralding of a fiasco in launching a long range rocket raises questions over the North Korea’s isolated leadership, which is failed to provide the basic necessities to their inhabitants. Subsequently, on the other hand, it maintains one of the world's largest standing armies with the help foreign aid, chiefly from its only dominant supporter China.
The launch is in violation of UN Security Council sanctions and sparked condemnation from the United States, China, Russia, South Korea and Japan.
International powers are apprehensive that North Korea is using launches to master the use of technology in order to enable it to assemble a missile capable of delivering a nuclear weapon to the United States and other Regional giants Such as Japan, South Korea etc.
Scott Snyder the Council on Foreign Relations remarked,” There is no doubt that the unsuccessful launch will have repercussions for the leadership in Pyongyang: a rocket display gone awful on the biggest day of the year."