North Korea plans second rocket launch as Kim Jong Un flexes muscles

North Korea plans second rocket launch as Kim Jong Un flexes muscles

Pyŏngyang : North Korea | Dec 03, 2012 at 1:32 AM PST
Views: Pending

In the move to demonstrate his power and bend his muscles, North Korea’s young leader Kim Jong Un has decided to carry out the isolated country’s second rocket launch of 2012. Kim’s decision, which came a year after his father’s demise, was condemned by the United States and South Korea.

The decision was announced by North Korea’s state controlled news agency a day following Kim’s meeting with senior Chinese delegation in Pyongyang.

China is North Korea’s only key political supporter and has frequently pushed for peace on the Korean peninsula. China’s Foreign Ministry voiced its concerns after announcement by the North.

“North Korea has a right to the peaceful use of space, but this right has been restricted by UN Security Council resolutions. (China) hopes all sides can do more to benefit peace and stability on the peninsula, and hopes all sides handle it calmly to avoid the situation escalating,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in a statement, according to The Globe & Mail.

US State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland termed the move “provocative” and said it is a threat to the whole of Asia-Pacific region. Nuland condemned the move and said that would violate the United Nations resolutions.

UN resolutions ban North Korea from launching missiles or carrying out activities related to nuclear arms. The bans were imposed on it after its missile test earlier.

North Korea has been insisting that its rockets are used solely to place satellites into orbit for peaceful purpose. However, the international community has repeatedly brushed away those assertions.

According to reports, North Korea has informed its neighboring countries regarding the rocket launch and its flight path. It has been learnt that the rocket’s proposed flight path would take a path similar to that of a rocket which failed in April.

South Korea’s foreign ministry also condemned the North’s plan and said it would be a grave provocation.

Reports suggest that Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda had issued orders to relevant ministries to be on high alert for the rocket launch.

Analysts think that the North wants to convey a message to China that it is a sovereign state and wants to test the waters for the United States hostility towards the North.

1 of 1
In April, North Korea carried out a failed rocket launch
In April, North Korea carried out a failed rocket launch
Kamran Ahmed is based in Seattle, Washington, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
Report Credibility
  • Clear
  • Share:
  • Share
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear

News Stories

  • Russia urges N Korea to scrap rocket launch

      Australian Broadcasting Corporation
    North Korea's state news agency announced on Saturday the decision to launch another space satellite. The first stage of the rocket has been installed at the North's Sohae satellite launch station, and it was expected to take three or four days to...
  • Chinese expert: N. Korea seeking attention

      United Press International
    North Korea's rocket launch announced for this month is designed only to gain international attention, a Chinese expert told the China Daily. The North has said its long-range rocket launch, set for between Dec. Earth observation satellite" in space...
  • China concerned over North Korean rocket launch plans

      The Guardian
    Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images All sides should work for stability and avoid acts that raise tensions, the foreign ministry said in a brief statement. It acknowledged North Korea's right to the peaceful use of outer space, but said that had to be...
  • China ?concerned? about...

      Arab News
    China yesterday said it was concerned at North Korea's plans to launch a rocket later this month, state media reported, in a move strongly condemned by the United States and South Korea. China, North Korea's sole major ally and its biggest trade...
  • South Korea says North Korea attempting to influence their elections with ...

      Fox News South Korean politicians say that North Korea is attempting to influence the outcome of their presidential elections by attempting to launch a long-range rocket two days before. The Wall Street Journal reports that South Korean President...
  • N Korea installs rocket on launch pad: report

      Channel NewsAsia
    North Korea has installed the first stage of a long-range rocket it plans to launch this month on the launch pad, defying international calls to cancel the mission, a report said on Monday. North Korea announced on Saturday that it would carry out...



More From Allvoices

Report Your News Got a similar story?
Add it to the network!

Or add related content to this report

Most Commented Reports

Use of this site is governed by our Terms of Use Agreement and Privacy Policy.

© Allvoices, Inc. 2008-2014. All rights reserved. Powered by PulsePoint.