Morning Brief: North Korea launches long-range rocket

From Foreign Policy Wed Dec 12 2012, 08:08:15

North Korea launches long-range rocket

Top news: On Wednesday, North Korea and its new leader Kim Jong Un followed up on a failed rocket launch in April with the successful launch of a long-range Unha-3 rocket. Japan, South Korea, and the United States have opposed the action, arguing that Pyongyang is testing missile technology to deliver a nuclear warhead.

After the launch, North Korea's KCNA news agency reported that the country's "scientists and technicians brilliantly carried out [Kim Jong Il's] behests to launch a scientific and technological satellite in 2012, the year marking the 100th birth anniversary of President Kim Il Sung."

In response, Japan has called for an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council and South Korea has convened an emergency meeting of top government officials. The United States has condemned North Korea's "highly provocative act" while China, North Korea's closest ally, says it "regrets" the launch, in what the New York Times claims is the first time Beijing "has used that word in the context of Pyongyang's rocket program."  

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse

People and Organizations:


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Egypt:   Egypt's Sugar Reserves Sufficient for Three Months - Cabinet (news)
Aswat Masriya
2 December 2016

Egypt's supply ministry has sugar reserves enough for three months and wheat reserves sufficient for four months, said a statement by the cabinet on Thursday. The cabinet said that it aims to have ... [read more]

Eritrea:   President Isaias Held Talks With Egyptian Counterpart (news)
Shabait.com
1 December 2016

President Isaias Afwerki and President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi of the Republic of Egypt met and held talks on 29 November in Cairo as regards boosting bilateral relations and cooperation between the two ... [read more]

Uganda:   Oilers Embrace Cold Ahead of Champions' Cup in Egypt (news)
The Monitor
1 December 2016

Five days have passed since City Oilers set foot in Egypt to prepare for their maiden Fiba Africa Club Champions' Cup. Loaded with expectations ahead of the annual 12-team tournament starting next ... [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!