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Kim Jong Un Can’t Get His Rocket Up


The United States has canceled a proposed food aid deal with North Korea following over its attempt to launch a long-range rocket taking a satellite into orbit. Senior administration officials told NBC News the deal with Pyongyang is off after the rocket was fired. … “We are not going forward with an agreement to provide them with any assistance,” White House National Security Council spokesman Ben Rhodes told reporters traveling with President Barack Obama to Florida. He added that the U.S. and its allies will “take additional steps” if there are more “provocative actions.” – MSNBC

Both the Pentagon and the South Korean defense ministry have confirmed that the rocket was launched at 7:39am Seoul time, or 6:49pm Washington, D.C. time; a spokesman for the South Korean defense ministry said that a few minutes after the launch the rocket had broken up and crashed into the sea. North Korea hasn’t commented yet, either through official channels or the usually feisty (and congratulatory) Korean Central News Agency of the DPRK. – Foreign Policy

Reuters reports the embarrassment might lead to North Korea going nuclear in the next test.

“The possibility of an additional long-range rocket launch or a nuclear test, as well as a military provocation to strengthen internal solidarity is very high,” a senior South Korean defense ministry official told a parliamentary hearing.

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7 Responses to Kim Jong Un Can’t Get His Rocket Up

  1. TPAZ April 13, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    Kim Jong Un Can’t Get His Rocket Up

    . Bad, Taylor, bad.

  2. Rick Roberts April 13, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    To be clear, Reuters isn’t saying the next rocket test could be nuclear but that a bomb test could happen. That is not news. We have been expecting an underground blast soon after the rocket test. That is what they did last time.

    • StephenAG April 13, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

      So, are we talking about premature detonation here?

  3. ladywalker68 April 13, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    Taylor…LOLOLOL!!!! Oh, goodness, now that is FUNNY. Thanks. I needed a good laugh.

  4. jjamele April 13, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    I’m sure that the main stream media will soon be telling me that the fact that North Korea has built a rocket that it can successfully disintegrate moments after launching is proof that we need to dramatically increase our defense spending, and launch a pre-emptive strike on Iran while we are at it.

  5. Taylor Marsh April 13, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    :razz: Exactly, StephenAG.

  6. Rick Roberts April 15, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

    Ew, the imagery. Imagine seeing that little thing!

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