Surprise, surprise. In an absolutely defiant move that has stunned the world, North Korea successfully launched its Unha-3 rocket Wednesday. On Monday, North Korea announced it had postponed the launch until Dec. 29 due to a “technical deficiency;” however the international community believed warnings to North Korea to cancel the launch or face new sanctions might have been the reason.
Fox News reported all three stages of the rocket launch appeared successful which is surprising considering four failed previous attempts. The North American Aerospace Defense Command, NORAD, issued a statement saying, “Initial indications are that the missile deployed an object that appeared to achieve orbit.”
According to the report, North Korea claimed the launch was simply a peaceful effort at putting a satellite into space; however, the United States, South Korea and Japan “see [it] as a test of technology needed to mount a nuclear warhead on a missile that could one day threaten the U.S.” Satellite launches and intercontinental ballistic missile tests, which the U.N. has forbidden North Korea from conducting, employ the same technology.
Retired Army Gen. Bob Scales spoke to Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren Tuesday evening about North Korea’s launch. He said, “the only reason they launched this rocket is not for scientific research, but to intimidate and blackmail the rest of the world so they can continue to get food aid, fuel, to support this failing regime from the other states in the region. This is nothing more than nuclear blackmail.”
The North Korean propaganda machine went into immediate action announcing this “momentous event,” and people took to the streets dancing and celebrating.
Sadly for these starving people, North Korea’s defiant rocket launch will most “likely bring fresh sanctions against the country and further complicate relations between North Korea, its neighbors, and the West,” said Fox News.
The U.N. Security Council will meet Wednesday to discuss the recent developments.
See a related article, “World prepared for N. Korea’s rocket launch.”
Watch the breaking news reported Tuesday evening by Greta Van Susteren on Fox News: