North Korea defies condemnation, launches missile

Isn’t much of a surprise here that North Korea went ahead an launched their missile device thing, whatever it may be, not sure if anyone really knows. The United States along with Japan believe it is a disguise for a long-range missile test. President Obama was quick to denounce threatening to be very angry with them, maybe.

BBC reports:

North Korea has defied international warnings and gone ahead with a controversial rocket launch.

State media said a satellite had been put into orbit and was transmitting data and revolutionary songs.

But there has been no independent confirmation so far. The US, Japan and South Korea suspect the launch was a cover for a long-range missile test.

They strongly condemned the launch. The US president told Pyongyang to “refrain from further provocative actions”.

“North Korea broke the rules once more by testing a rocket that could be used for a long-range missile,” Mr Obama told a crowd in the Czech capital, Prague.

“This provocation underscores the need for action – not just this afternoon at the UN Security Council, but in our determination to prevent the spread of these weapons.”

Japan called the move “extremely regrettable”, while South Korea said it constituted a clear breach of a United Nations resolution.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said North Korea’s actions were not conducive to regional stability, as did the European Union.

China and Russia both called on all sides to act with restraint, while the UK urged North Korea to immediately halt all missile-related activity.

The UN Security Council has approved a Japanese request for an emergency session.

Washington, Tokyo and Seoul regard the launch as a clear violation of Security Council resolution 1718 adopted in October 2006, which bans North Korea from carrying out ballistic missile activity.

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Will Obama actually do something about this or will he fold like a cheap camera? North Korea is obviously testing the wet-behind-the-ears President. Obama is probably worried because the Treasury Department can’t just take over North Korea like they have everything else that’s given the administration a problem.

New Gingrich says he would have disabled it:

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told “Fox News Sunday” that he would have disabled the long-range missile before North Korea launched it, saying too many people “do not appreciate the scale of the threat that is evolving on the planet.”

“One morning, just like 9/11, there’s going to be a disaster,” Gingrich said. “I have yet to see the United Nations do anything effective with either Iran or North Korea.”

Reacting to President Barack Obama’s speech in Prague, Gingrich called the plan for a Global Summit on Nuclear Security a “wonderful fantasy idea,” saying Russia and other nations can’t be trusted.

“What are they going to promise, and why would we believe them?” Gingrich said. “It’s very dangerous to have a fantasy foreign policy, and it can get you in enormous trouble.”

Host Chris Wallace asked Gingrich: “So you’re saying that President Gingrich would have taken out that” missile?

Gingrich replied: “There are three or four techniques that could have been used, from unconventional forces to standoff capabilities, to say: ‘We’re not going to tolerate a North Korean missile launch, period.’ I mean, the world’s either got to decide that North Korea is utterly dangerous … I’d recommend, look at electromagnetic pulse, which changes every … equation about how risky these weapons are.”

Gingrich discusses the matter on Fox News Sunday:

Gingrich is correct. I agree with the desire to disarm, however, we cannot trust Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, or a dozen other countries which may claim to sign on to such a disarmament agreement. Foreign policy must be rooted in reality, not an Obamatopia.

Discuss.