Embarrassment for North Korea, as a rocket it said was carrying a satellite crashes after launch. What reaction is there from North Koreans themselves?
FOX News Radio’s Alastair Wanklyn reports from the Europe bureau:
North Korea’s government admitting… (Speaking Korean) …the rocket failed.
But on the streets of Pyongyang passersby saying… (Speaking Korean) … they’re proud their nation tried to launch a satellite.
(Speaking Korean)… This woman noting America had many failures too.
The launch cost impoverished North Korea a lot of cash, and political credit, defying international demands.
South Korea today calling the launch… (Speaking Korean) …a serious provocation.
In London, Alastair Wanklyn, Fox News Radio.
Internationally, North Korea’s failed rocket launch is stirring outrage.
FOX News Radio White House Correspondent Mike Majchrowitz reports:
The missile launch may have proved a dud, it blew up shortly after lift off, but the fact North Korea carried it off is seen as a direct provocation.
A statment from the White House says the action threatens regional security, violates international law and breaks North Korea’s commitments. And they say the willingness of the President to engage constructively with North Korea is being jeopardized.
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon denounced the launch as deplorable. But Russia’s Foreign Minister says they will not support new sanctions against North Korea.
At the White House, Mike Majchrowitz, FOX News Radio.
Asian powers are also condemning North Korea’s rocket launch.
FOX News Radio’s Bill Marcus has more from Shanghai.
A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry here says China’s government wants calm and cooperation. But Seoul’s asking for condemnation by the Security Council .
Nothing fell on Japan except for bad press, Tokyo saying 20 minutes after the launch it still couldn’t confirm it took off.
Meanwhile, in the waters between Korea and China, Seoul’s destroyers now looking for 20 parts of the former missile.
Global Risk analyst Dane Chamorro says:
(Chamorro) “This I expect to be a replay of 2009, which was also a failed missile launch then followed by a nuclear test.”
And today (Friday) in Pyongyang, a massive unity rally for Kim Jong Un.
In Shanghai, Bill Marcus, FOX News Radio.
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