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U.S. President Barack Obama said the international community would take steps if North Korea went ahead with the launch to show Pyongyang it could not act with impunity.
“Should North Korea decide to take this action, we will work with all interested partners in the international community to take appropriate steps to let North Korea know that they cannot threaten the safety and stability of other countries with impunity,” Obama told a joint news conference after talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Strasbourg.
David C. Wright, a senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, a private group in Cambridge, Mass., said the North Korean rocket might be able to lift a small satellite of 220 pounds into an orbit some 250 miles high. If used as a ballistic missile, he added, the rocket might throw a warhead of 2,200 pounds to a distance of some 3,700 miles — far enough to hit parts of Alaska.
Japan Requests UN Council Meeting Minutes After N. Korea Missile Flies
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
UNITED NATIONS, April 4 -- Minutes after Tokyo announced that North Korea had, in fact, launched its rocket, Japan's mission to the UN send the Press this notice:
Today at 22:53, H.E. Mr. Yukio TAKASU, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations requested the President of the Security Council by letter (attached) to convene an urgent meeting of the Security Council to consider the launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, under the Council's agenda item entitled "Non-proliferation / Democratic People's
Republic of Korea".
The time and date of the urgent meeting will be communicated later on. Immediately after the meeting, H.E. Mr. Yukio TAKASU will speak at the Security Council's stakeout.
Please note in advance that for any further inquiry by phone or e-mail on the above-mentioned matter, we will not be able to make any comment.
Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations
Originally posted by redhatty
From the Wires:
The US State Department will be holding a press conference at 11.40 p.m. Eastern Time
Russian Military confirms the North Korea rocket launch, according to reports from news agencies in Moscow.