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North Korea Launches Long Range Rocket, Claims to Put Satellite in Orbit: VIDEO


North Korea launched a long-range rocket and claimed to have launched a satellite into space yesterday, in a move that angered the world community, particularly South Korea and Japan, which the rocket's path traversed, NBC News reports:

U.S. officials told NBC News that it appeared the North Koreans had indeed launched an object, possibly a satellite, into space.

In a statement, the White House said the rocket launch was a highly provocative act that threatens regional security and violates U.N. resolutions. A spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he "deplores" the launch.

Ban said it was "all the more regrettable because it defies the unified and strong call from the international community." He added that he was "in close touch with the government concerned."

Missile warning systems detected the launch at 7:49 p.m. ET, and initial reports indicate that the first stage fell into the Yellow Sea. The second stage was predicted to fall into the Philippine Sea, according to a statement issued by the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

Pyongyang's official KCNA news agency said earlier that the rocket was fired from the Sohae Satellite Launch Center on the secretive country's west coast, and said that the Kwangmyongsong weather satellite went into orbit as planned.

Watch RT's report and the Japanese and South Korean reaction, AFTER THE JUMP...

The White House has condemned the launch. Said National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor:

"North Korea is only further isolating itself by engaging in such provocative acts. Devoting scarce resources to the development of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons has not brought it security and acceptance by the international community — and never will. North Korea will only truly strengthen itself by abiding by international norms, living up to its commitments and international obligations, and working to feed its citizens, to educate its children, and to win the trust of its neighbors."

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  1. Well of course Ki-moon hates it. He's South Korean. Also makes the UN look weak. No need to even comment.

    Posted by: Erik | Dec 12, 2012 9:37:22 AM

  2. And what's the gay angle to this story?

    Posted by: Perry | Dec 12, 2012 9:46:55 AM

  3. The South Korean military and/or the Japanese Defense Force could EASILY wipe North Korea off the map. The north is no match for either of them, militarily, regardless of their vaunted huge army. Their technology is infinitely inferior. And of course they being a serious threat to the U.S. mainland is laughable. It's conceivable one of their missiles could hit Hawaii or southern California, that of course would be the abrupt end of North Korea.

    We need STRONG political and other leaders in our country [U.S.] to finally stand up to the military-industrial-congressional-academic complex once and for all. It has bankrupted the country and caused MANY unnecessary problems internationally.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Dec 12, 2012 10:52:29 AM

  4. @ Perry,

    If a story can get a rise out of ratbastard, then it must have the gay angle, of course!

    Who knew that we'd have such a belligerent war-loving hawk amongst us! Yap, WE r everywhere, indeed! Yikes!

    Anyone, any country dare s to stand up against the might empire(a third of which actually is owned by China), should be wiped off the map, n'est ce pas?!

    Posted by: iban4yesu | Dec 12, 2012 12:31:58 PM

  5. Perry-

    There are gay people in Korea, and Japan, and China, that are affected by this story. Also, there are gay Americans dating gay Korean-Americans whose parents still live there that are affected by this story (hello!).

    Also, it's f*cking WORLD NEWS. Sorry Madonna isn't involved, but it's nice to know some things sometimes.

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER I | Dec 12, 2012 12:42:39 PM

  6. Are both videos meant to be the same?

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 12, 2012 4:48:02 PM

  7. @Perry: So what? TR does *not* advertise itself as a gay blog, but one "with homosexual tendencies". It so happens that TR has a streak of science geek. That's part of what keeps me as a reader.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Dec 12, 2012 6:30:13 PM

  8. I think that we should use our air and naval superiority to destroy North Korea's Missle and nuclear capabilithies.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 12, 2012 10:13:44 PM

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