North Korean Rocket Test Falters

Friday, April 13, 2012

A North Korean soldier looks at the South side. (JUNG YEON-JE/Getty)

Thumbing their nose at weeks of international warnings, North Korea launched a test rocket early this morning. The North Korean government said the the three-stage rocket, called the Unha-3, would fly south, carrying its Kwangmyongsong-3 communications satellite. However, American officials maintain the communications satellite was cover for North Korean plans to develop a ballistic missile. Japanese government officials said the launch failed, with Unha-3 breaking into several pieces. David Sanger, Chief Washington correspondent for our partner The New York Times, explains what to expect when the UN Security Council meets to discuss a possible response today.


David Sanger

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Mythili Rao

Comments [1]


When this story gets covered, it is rarely mentioned that North Korea could shred the giant city of Seoul with conventional artillery before any effective defense could be mounted. What is more, a liquid-fueled rocket takes a long time to fuel, and they cannot be stored unlike our ICBMs which have solid fuel. Therefore such a missile could be destroyed on the ground while still fuelling with adequate satellite coverage.

Apr. 13 2012 06:38 AM

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