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."