At no real surprise to anyone, North Korea has launched a long-range missile. They claim it was a successful attempt to launch a propaganda satellite into orbit. There has been no evidence that a satellite made it into orbit.
This launch is in direct defiance of a 2006 UN Resolution barring North Korea from developing ballistic missiles. The UN is holding an emergency session to come up with any possible response, however China and Russia have jumped to the defense of North Korea saying that no punishment or action is needed.
North Korea lost its financial support from South Korea when President Lee Myung-bak was elected in 2008. North Korea has little leverage left to get aid now aside from their missle and nuclear programs. They offer to stop development in return for aid and, like a tempermental child, flaunt their defiance when they don’t get their way. It will be interesting to see how the Obama administration responds.
Posted under Foreign Affairs
Written by admin on April 5, 2009