File Photo

North Koreans celebrated in the streets after hearing word of a successful long-range missile test. But the U.S. is not happy.

FOX News Radio's Rich Johnson reports from Washington:

North Korea says it's just trying to put satellites into orbit. But satellite rockets and ballistic rockets are pretty much the same thing. And the international fear is Pyongyang will develop smaller nukes that could fit on the tips of these new missiles.

That's why the White House calls today's launch a highly provocative act that threatens security and violates UN resolutions.

The White House statement says this is yet another example of North Korea's pattern of irresponsible behavior.

In Washington, Rich Johnson, FOX News Radio.

Along with the U.S., nations worldwide have condemned North Korea for launching a long range rocket today. Although in Pyongyang itself there were celebrations in response to what officials said was a successful launch of a satellite.

FOX News Radio's Alastair Wanklyn reports from from Tokyo:

North Korean state television described the launch as a national success, and dancers took the street outside a Pyongyang Theater.

North Korea's ally China was unhappy, a Foreign Ministry spokesman expressing regret, given the great concern worldwide, the spokesman said.

South Korea denounced the launch. And so did Japan's Prime Minister.

Media reports here in Tokyo say Japan is among nations pressing the UN Security Council to tighten sanctions on North Korea to the level imposed on Iran.

In Tokyo, Alastair Wanklyn, Fox News Radio.

Condemnation also coming from Europe after North Korea's missile launch.

FOX News Radio's Simon Owen reports from London:

Britain says it's consulting partners in the UN Security Council about next steps. Although British Foreign Secretary William Hague stopping short of saying what those steps could be.

(Hague) "We look to the DPRK to avoid further provocative actions and try to build peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula."

Hague calling on China to lead dialogue with North Korea.

NATO also strongly condemning the launch, saying it could destabilize the entire region.

Pyongyang also finding itself on the end of condemnation from Moscow. Russia says it's unacceptable for North Korea to defy UN resolutions, saying the launch will have a negative effect on regional stability.

In London, Simon Owen, FOX News Radio.

WATCH for more on this story:

           Email            Embed

CLICK HERE for more on North Korea's rocket launch.