North Korea Missile Launch: FAIL!

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North Korea's much-heralded missile launch was a failure yesterday, but the White House still condemned what it felt was a provocative act by the rogue state.

North Korea said it wanted to launch a rocket to put a weather satellite into orbit, but it is widely viewed as a military operation and a dangerous one at that.

The country hasn't been shy about posturing toward the U.S., and many saw the launch - before its failure anyway - as a veiled threat against Washington.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said North Korea's rocket launch was a provocative act that left the nation isolated and in violation of international law:

"Despite the failure of its attempted missile launch, the action threatens security, violates international law and contravenes its own recent commitments."

"While this action is not surprising given North Korea's pattern of aggressive behavior, any missile activity is of concern to the international community."

"The United States remains vigilant in the face of North Korean provocations, and is fully committed to the security (of) our allies in the region."

Analysts believe the launch was designed to enhance its capacity to design a ballistic missile armed with a nuclear warhead capable of hitting the U.S.

The White House alluded to North Korea's chronic food shortages but did not say if it would follow through on a tentative deal to provide food aid.

North Korea had actually trumpeted the launch and tried to draw attention to it as a show of strength, its first such display since Kim Jong Il died.

Better luck next time. Or not.

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@Alissa: ur awesome and well spoken.

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That's just a scientific act. We mst applaude North Korea for its technological advances

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@ sheldon...Like you, I live in Europe and I know a lot about the people like you who are ignorant enough to make such a comment. You watch American t.v. shows, listen to American music, read American (ahem) journals, yet you assure yourself and others that you know enough about our country to decide not to go there. Most (well-traveled) Europeans I know say that some of their most enjoyable trips have been to the states. You should travel more.

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My dear LORD! Why do you think that everyone is tryin to f*ck you up???? You are so ignorant. I live in Europe and i can tell you....I WILL NEVER EVEN VISIT usa.

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china cant take care of them; its too busy taking care of us. Every time a chils asks "where do babies come from?" id say "honey, everything comes from china."

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I agree! Why are we giving aid to a country that wants to do us harm? I know, its the people that are suffering and they dont have anything to do with it blah blah. But damn. Those people probably dont get what we send anyway. If they starve out the whole place what will be left? No one. I'm sorry for those poor people stuck with a govt that will let them starve but enough already!

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Great! Now does this mean we FINALLY cut our financial support of these goons? I could never understand why our govt. under both Bush and Obama kept giving gazillions to this rogue nation! Enough is enough! Let China take care of 'em!