Convictions and concern after the failed rocket launch in North Korea

Convictions and concern after the failed rocket launch in North Korea

Pyŏngyang : North Korea | Apr 13, 2012 at 7:12 AM PDT
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The rocket North Korea is a party and exploded. Friday, April 13, 7 to 40 pm local time, the Unha-3 took off from the launch pad of Tongchang-ri, in the west of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). It was not far, is "disintegrating" as the South Koreans, Japanese and Americans, after about a minute of flight.

After a silence of more than four hours, the North Korea has acknowledged the failure of its rocket launch. "The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) launched its satellite Kwangmyongsong-3 to 07 h 38 m 55 s, Friday . The earth observation satellite failed to enter orbit, announced the official news agency KCNA. Scientists, technicians and experts are studying the reasons for this failure. "

This is the third failed attempt the orbiting of a satellite by North Korea , after two failures in 1998 and 2006.


The first floor of the vehicle fell in the sea 165 kilometers west of Seoul in the Yellow Sea. The second and third floors "have not worked," said the Air Defense Command North American (Norad), adding that the debris had fallen at sea, never bea threat. According to the television channel NHK, quoting a source at the Ministry of Defense of Japan, the vehicle traveled about 120 kilometers before breaking into four pieces that were damaged at sea off the western coasts of the Korean peninsula. The Japanese Ministry of Defence, who had placed the country on high alert, said the Japanese territory had suffered no impact.

Anyway, the launch shows that Pyongyang was at the end of a process that has generated a wave of condemnation from the international community. Be they Americans, South Koreans and Japanese, all spoke of "provocation". They saw this shot presented as a launch communications satellite, a test of intermediate-range missile. Even China had called North Korea, it is close to done with restraint.

The announcement, in March, was surprised because North Korea had concluded an agreement with the United States , which provided for the cessation of its missile tests and a moratorium on its uranium enrichment in exchange for ' using food. Washington had the feeling of having been manipulated .

At the same time, the project launch is part of the centenary celebrations of the birth of Kim Il Sung , the founder in 1948 of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). The exact date of this anniversary is April 15, but the festivities, a large-scale event, taking place over several days and involve the entire population.

They are accompanied by several institutional meetings for strengthening the power of Kim Jong-un , leader of the country since the death of his father, Kim Jong-il , in December 2011. Thus, during the 4th Conference of the members of the Workers' Party of Korea, held Tuesday, April 10, he assumed the post of first secretary of the party.

Kim Jong-one seems to register its diplomacy in the tradition of its predecessors. It could also be intended to reinforce his power internally among the population.


After the failure of the shooting, the White House condemned "a provocation that threatens regional security, violates international law and contradicts [the] recent commitments" of the country. "North Korea does only if isolate more by engaging in acts of provocation and squanders his money on weapons and propaganda while the North Koreans have increasingly hungry, "said the spokesman for the U.S. presidency, Jay Carney .

"President [ Barack Obama ] has made ​​clear its readiness to constructive relations with North Korea. However, he also stressed the need for North Korea to respect its commitments, to follow its international obligations and to maintain peaceful relations with its neighbors, "added the spokesman.

Beijing has called for "calm" and "restraint" after the failed launch, a shot denounced as a "provocation" by the international community. "We hope all parties will keep them quiet, to exercise restraint and do nothing do that would harm peace and stability on the peninsula [Korean], "said the spokesman of China's diplomacy. Meeting in Washington, the Foreign Ministers of the G8 ( Germany , Canada , USA, France , Britain, Italy , Japan and Russia ) issued a statement in which they believe the rocket launch North Korea " undermines peace and stability in the region. "

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Nazish Fatima is based in Rāwalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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