North Korea Missile Launch
April 13, 2012 by staff
North Korea Missile Launch, The U.N. Security Council met behind closed doors Friday morning to discuss the launch by North Korea of a missile that the United States charges was a violation of U.N. resolutions.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon said the launch “is in direct violation” of Security Council sanctions “and threatens regional stability,” spokesman Martin Nesirky said. The White House called the launch a “provocative action” that threatens stability in the region.
The missile disintegrated over the Yellow Sea but showed that North Korea under new leader Kim Jong Un is again ignoring pressure from the USA and neighboring countries to end its missile program and may refuse to abide by sanctions against its nuclear program as well.
Although the rocket failure allows Japan, South Korea and the United States to conclude that North Korea’s “technological standards are not so high,” there is now a greater risk they will proceed with another nuclear test, said Masao Okonogi, a Korean specialist at Kyushu University in southern Japan.
For Pyongyang, “it’s more necessary and likely as they must recover the situation and the fallen prestige” of the new leader, he said.
The U.N. Security Council imposed sanctions against North Korea after its first nuclear test in 2006 and stepped up sanctions after its second test in 2009. North Korea has tested two atomic devices but is not yet believed to be able to build a nuclear warhead small enough to be mounted on a long-range missile.
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