Monday night, citizens celebrated in Pyongyang with a firework display, state broadcaster KCTV reported. The Kwangmyongsong carrier rocket blasted off from the Sohae launch facility at 9 a.m. Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET Saturday), entering orbit nine minutes and 46 seconds after liftoff, North Korea’s state news agency KCNA reported.
A KCNA announcer stated that:”We hope that the future of our space technology keeps growing and shines like these fireworks in the sky.”
However, the rogue state’s launch is unsettling to allied powers, as U.S. Defense officials have confirmed that the rocket has the dual functionality of launching nuclear weapons. Especially after last months claimed hydrogen bomb test, the possibility of using the technology for nuclear weapons or even placing one in orbit on a satellite has allied powers condemning the launch.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye called the launch a “challenge to world peace,” while the government announced it would begin discussions with the U.S. about implementing a missile defense system called, “Terminal High Altitude Area Defense”, which can intercept missiles in flight.
The United Nations held an emergency security council, announcing the intention to, “adopt expeditiously a new Security Council resolution with such measures in response to these dangerous and serious violations.” It is unclear how further sanctions could slow North Korea’s nuclear advancement, however, as there are already extensive sanctions against the country prohibiting everything from nuclear material to luxury goods such as cars.
The uncertainty on the Korean Peninsula is one more example of the failure of the Obama administration’s failure of foreign policy. U.S. allies in the region are uncertain, and doubting our commitment. How will the rogue state act in the months leading up to the U.S. presidential election this fall? Tell us what you think should be done in the comments.