North Korea Defiantly Launches Rocket Over Japan

Remember when Joe Biden said Barack Obama would be tested early in his first term? I'd say this qualifies.

North Korea fired a rocket over Japan on Sunday, defying Washington, Tokyo and others who suspect the launch was cover for a test of its long-range missile technology. President Barack Obama warned the move would further isolate the communist nation.

Liftoff took place at 11:30 a.m. (0230 GMT) from the coastal Musudan-ri launch pad in northeastern North Korea, the South Korean and U.S. governments said. The multistage rocket hurtled toward the Pacific, reaching Japanese airspace within seven minutes, but no debris appeared to hit its territory, officials in Tokyo said.

Four hours after the launch, North Korea declared it a success. The satellite reached outer space in just over nine minutes and was orbiting without any problems, the state-run Korean Central News Agency said in a dispatch from Pyongyang.

The UN Security Council will hold a special session Sunday afternoon to address North Korea's actions.

President Obama issued this statement after the launch:

In a statement, Obama said the launch was "a clear violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1718, which expressly prohibits North Korea from conducting ballistic missile-related activities of any kind."

"With this provocative act, North Korea has ignored its international obligations, rejected unequivocal calls for restraint, and further isolated itself from the community of nations," Obama said. "We will immediately consult with our allies in the region, including Japan and (South Korea), and members of the U.N. Security Council to bring this matter before the Council," Obama added. "I urge North Korea to abide fully by the resolutions of the U.N. Security Council and to refrain from further provocative actions."

No doubt this will be topic one on the morning shows.

Tags: North Korea, President Obama (all tags)

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14 Comments

Now the MSM

will begin their countdown to war.

I really do see the huge deal. As long as North Korea exists, there isn't much we can do to stop it from acting like this.

And how many of us want a war with North Korea right now?

by DTOzone 2009-04-05 12:29AM | 0 recs
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"Barack Obama warned the move would further isolate the communist nation."

My only hope is that we do not go back to a collective punishment that leads to further starvation and death of the North Korean people. The psychopath who leads the country may not care about his people, but on principle we are obligated to do so.

by MainStreet 2009-04-05 05:40AM | 0 recs
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it's impossible to avoid there, with leaders who already collectively punish the people.  We have no ability to send aid to those who need it pretty much everywhere, we need government cooperation, and in NK it's hardest.  I'd like to see the NK's freed from their tyrant, but it won't happen.  NK is one of the few places where people can't get much news of the outside world, and are forced to ingest their government's propaganda.

This is so sad, but at least we don't have George Bush in charge, Barack is making a difference in Europe, and just having a rational response is soothing to the likes of me.  

There will be no war with NK, just  more sanctions and more starvation.

But they're starving in Haiti right now, and we could do something about that.  

by anna shane 2009-04-05 08:28AM | 0 recs
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Ditto on our fortuitousness regarding who's president. I listened to both Newt Gingrich and SC Governor Sanford actually advocate that the U.S. should have taken some targeted action to physically prevent that rocket from launching in the first place. Can you imagine how that would've gone down?!

I'd rather NK be the isolated nation in the world, and not the USA. The stupid just astounds me sometimes.

by RecoveringRepublican 2009-04-05 02:32PM | 0 recs
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yes, when all they had to do was wait and find out it was a dud.  Ah, the many benefits of thinking first?  

by anna shane 2009-04-06 09:47AM | 0 recs
The Challenge

The challenge for Obama is to achieve regime change in N. Korea without resorting to war. This test really is a big deal and the Huffington Post is wrong to declare this test as a great failure; so nothing to worry about. The fact is for the first time the N. Koreans were able to complete the first stage successfully and get the second stage of their rockets to fire; thus, its only a matter of time that they will have the range to strike the West Coast of the United States with nuclear weapons. I don't want Obama to resort to Bush's cowboy diplomacy, but we've also got to recognize that we have a big problem on our hands.

by Zzyzzy 2009-04-05 10:26AM | 0 recs
Re: The Challenge

Yes I agree - it is a big problem.

The problem with the huffpo article is that even with a failure, you can get tons of information about the launch.  Because it wasnt blasted out of the air by Japan, the NK's were able to gather all of that information, and also probably find out WHY the second rockets didnt work, and why they were short, and why the satellite didnt separate.

I think Obama should overreach with the security council because China and Russia will scale it down. Just like his budget plan, its bigger than what will get passed, but he's started the ball on the high end so that when it gets cut down a bit it will still be close to what he wanted.

Good to know HRC is out there with him and that Hu Jintao and BO had a good meeting. That can go a long way to getting 6 party talks back on the table.

by sepulvedaj3 2009-04-05 10:41AM | 0 recs
North Korea Defiantly Launches Rocket Over Japan
Lots of challenge for Obama in his first year. Hope he will find a solution for Middle East ...

Niche Socializer
by c3k 2009-04-05 12:11PM | 0 recs
I can't help but wonder

Did I miss the point when the U.S. so successfully dismantled its nuclear arsenal that the U.S. no longer has the capacity to fire missiles that could reach the east coast of North Korea?

How hard must Iranians and Koreans laugh when they hear the U.S. issue ultimatums about not developing a nuclear capacity?

by Thaddeus 2009-04-05 01:48PM | 0 recs
Re: I can't help but wonder

Obama is already taking steps to reduce our nuclear arsenal and has met with russians on the issue already.

And by the way, they arent US ultimatums, they are UN resolutions

by sepulvedaj3 2009-04-05 02:31PM | 0 recs
I know that

but it doesn't remove the stink of hypocrisy when developed nations try to tell developing nations--don't you dare do what we've already done, and used to enhance our position of power in the world.  It would be a nice touch if that dynamic was acknowledged once in a while.

by Thaddeus 2009-04-06 08:53AM | 0 recs
Well

We shouldn't have done it and neither should they.

by DTOzone 2009-04-06 10:21AM | 0 recs
Re: Well

But we're still doing it!  We have nuclear weapons but we are preparing sanctions against countries that develop them.

This is why it is so important that Obama, unlike his predecessors, is able to acknowledge that the U.S. is the only nation that has used nuclear weapons and that we have a special responsibility to move assertively towards worldwide nuclear disarmament and not keep the distracting focus on emerging nations with a dream or only a handful of weapons compared to our thousands.

by Thaddeus 2009-04-06 04:21PM | 0 recs
Lesson From Bush to Despots

If you don't have WMDs we'll invade you and kill you. If you have WMDs we won't bother you. So you better build nukes and rockets ASAP.

by Zzyzzy 2009-04-05 03:48PM | 0 recs

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