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President Obama called for North Korea to be punished after the isolated communist state fired an intercontinental rocket this morning, defying weeks of warnings from world leaders and provoking anxiety across north-east Asia.
The UN Security Council will meet in emergency session in New York this afternoon after a demand for action from governments across the world, including the US, Britain, France and above all Japan, over whose territory the rocket flew. It is unlikely that Russia and China will agree to new sanctions because the projectile appears to have been the vehicle for a satellite, rather than an intercontinental ballistic missile.
"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," Mr Obama said in a speech in the Czech capital, Prague, calling for efforts towards nuclear disarmament.
"Rules must be binding, violations must be punished, words must mean something. The world must stand together to prevent the spread of these weapons. Now is the time for a strong international response."
The three stage rocket, known as a Taepodong 2, was fired at around 11.20am from the Musudan-ri launch site in the north east of North Korea. According to the North Korean state media, it successfully placed a communications satellite into orbit about ten minutes later, and safely cleared northern Japan where batteries of Patriot missile interceptors were on standby in case of a misfiring.
North Korea claims that the satellite is presently broadcasting songs in praise of its supreme leader Kim Jong Il, and his late father, Kim Il Sung. It said that the Kwangmyongsong 2, or Lodestar, was orbiting between 490 kilometres (306 miles) and 1,426 km from earth in a cycle lasting 104 minutes.
Originally posted by ezdude40
They said that it was transmitting the "Song of General Kim Il-sung" and the "Song of General Kim Jong-il" .
Hey it should be shot down for that reason alone, I mean have you heard Korean music??
Originally posted by Alora
That's my question, too. What do TPTB have in mind as a punishment?