North Korea successfully launches long-range rocket

posted at 8:01 am on December 12, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

After a number of failures, the North Korean long-range rocket program achieved its first verified success yesterday. NORAD confirmed that the three stages fired successfully and “deployed an object that appeared to achieve orbit.” Pyongyang crowed over the end of its losing streak, but will the world have anything to say in return?

North Korea successfully launched a rocket on Wednesday, boosting the credentials of its new leader and stepping up the threat the isolated and impoverished state poses to opponents.

The rocket, which North Korea says put a weather satellite into orbit, has been labeled by the United States, South Korea and Japan as a test of technology that could one day deliver a nuclear warhead capable of hitting targets as far away as the continental United States.

“The satellite has entered the planned orbit,” a North Korean television news reader clad in traditional Korean garb announced, after which the station played patriotic songs with the lyrics “Chosun (Korea) does what it says”. …

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said that it “deployed an object that appeared to achieve orbit”, the first time an independent body has verified North Korean claims.

North Korea defied the UN again to launch this rocket, an action proscribed by a sheaf of UN resolutions that Pyongyang has ignored for decades.  Will this have any negative consequences for the Kim regime?  Almost certainly not.  The UN’s attention is fixed on Syria and Gaza at the moment, and with Russia essentially shrugging at Bashar al-Assad’s preparations to use chemical weapons on his own people, a rocket launch and a new North Korean satellite isn’t going to make Moscow break a diplomatic sweat.  The launch may have political repercussions in South Korea, which has elections next week, and in Japan, but those will produce longer-run and secondary repercussions, not any immediate rebuke.

CNN interviewed a professor of international relations in Seoul to discuss the consequences for Kim Jong-un.  It becomes clear pretty early on that the expert wants to argue that there will be some, but can’t think of any.


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Why does the world tolerate a nation that tortures tens of thousands of concentration camp for their entire lifetimes?

That will soon be capable of nuking its neighbors?

That starves millions while the dictator is fat & the army well-fed?

Why does the UN bash Israel so often & NK so rarely?

We live in a twisted & corrupt generation.

itsnotaboutme on December 12, 2012 at 8:07 AM

One more thing I have zero confidence our current government will handle correctly.

Night Owl on December 12, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Boy, I’m sure glad we don’t have that missile shield.

Oil Can on December 12, 2012 at 8:10 AM

impoverished……..but oddly enough has a stash to pay for a rocket program?

Mmmmmm, stimulus funded?

PappyD61 on December 12, 2012 at 8:13 AM

itsnotaboutme on December 12, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Because doing anything about it is imperialistic, and not our business.

Ask Dante.

Washington Nearsider on December 12, 2012 at 8:14 AM

So, did Obama already make the phone call to Kim Jong-un to offer his congratulations yet?

pilamaye on December 12, 2012 at 8:14 AM

We live in a twisted & corrupt generation.

itsnotaboutme on December 12, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Saw this posted elsewhere:

#YouMightBeaProudObamaSocialist

..
If you ‘think’ that someone making 250K/ year is a “Millionaire”.

If you ‘think’ that it’s morally acceptable to rob your great, great, great, great, grandchildren of their livelihood.

If you ‘think’ that punishing someone for working won’t discourage them from working.

If you ‘think’ that it’s okay to rob people of their life savings by creating money out of thin air.

If you ‘think’ stealing from the rich will run the government for more than a few days.

If you ‘think’ healthcare is a right – but that right should be rationed.

Southern by choice22 on December 12, 2012 at 8:15 AM

The media is the root of the insane responses.

Every single action by Republicans and Isreal are examined under a microscope endlessly by our media, along with the international media. North Korea, Sudan, Iran, China and on and on are only mentioned in passing even though they commit horrors. The horrors are either ignored or downplayed and almost always blamed on Republicans or Isreal.

The media is the root of our problems and we have to stop accepting this situation and find a way to fight. Now.

GardenGnome on December 12, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Now if only Killary could head over and hoist a glass of champagne with the pudgy Son of Kim, recreate the special moment that Albright had with the now dead blimpy father.

Bishop on December 12, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Why does the world tolerate a nation that tortures tens of thousands of concentration camp for their entire lifetimes?

That will soon be capable of nuking its neighbors?

That starves millions while the dictator is fat & the army well-fed?

Why does the UN bash Israel so often & NK so rarely?

We live in a twisted & corrupt generation.

itsnotaboutme on December 12, 2012 at 8:07 AM

On the subject of Just another Obama screwup™:

Obama’s F-16 Delivery Could Help Egypt Destroy Israel
http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/121112-636671-obama-foolishly-arms-an-unstable-egypt.htm

Mideast: Why is the U.S. sending 20 advanced fighter jets to an Egypt that’s now the giant question mark of the Middle East? President Obama is appeasing jihadists — and possibly signing Israel’s death warrant.

Galt2009 on December 12, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Wow! Atomic bombs and now long range missiles. Good thing for us that North Korea is not an irresponsable, reckless, communist dictatorship.

MaiDee on December 12, 2012 at 8:24 AM

President Obama is appeasing jihadists — and possibly signing Israel’s death warrant.

Galt2009 on December 12, 2012 at 8:24 AM

I actually think this move makes life easier for the Israelis. It defines – in no uncertain terms – the position of the President of the United States of America.

One more variable is now off the board when the Ops guys are deciding whether or not to go.

This will speed up the march toward conflict, not slow it down.

Washington Nearsider on December 12, 2012 at 8:27 AM

The only suffering that North Korean officials will have is from paper cuts gained from opening a myriad of “strongly worded letters” sent by our enabler in chief.

TKindred on December 12, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Meanwhile the people of North Korea, other than the ruling elite who are allowed to live in Pyonyang, live under an oppressive regime that makes Stalin look positively benign; thousands are interned in brutal prison camps for no other reason than their grandparents were once considered politically suspect; thousands more face starvation in the worst famine in 20 years; families are forced, on pain of imprisonment, to collect “night soil” (fesces) to fertilize the fields; what food there is is directed to the military, although the soldiers themselves are facing starvation; electricty, when it’s available, is turned on for two hours a day.

Yeah, a “weather satellite” is what these people really need.

Trafalgar on December 12, 2012 at 8:30 AM

CNN interviewed a professor of international relations in Seoul to discuss the consequences for Kim Jong-un. It becomes clear pretty early on that the expert wants to argue that there will be some, but can’t think of any.

How about the fact that N. Korea’s long range missile is pretty interesting to Iran who is developing nukes with impunity no matter what the rat-eared wonder claims. Put them together and there are an awful lot of US allies that should be concerned.

The rat-eared wonder is claiming that we shouldn’t be concerned because the technology is akin to where America was in 1950. This belies an important point. It doesn’t have to necessarily have pin point accuracy to hit a country such as Israel, South Korea, Japan.

To paraphrase Joe Biden- this is a pretty big effing deal no matter how much the administration is saying otherwise. Of course liberals like Maddie notsoBright long ago stated that they want all nations to have nukes so that no nation will use them. I suspect that same mentality is still around with the current regime (our dictatorship, not North Korea’s or Iran).

Happy Nomad on December 12, 2012 at 8:32 AM

uh oh another strongly worded memo headed your way North Korea, look out!

gsherin on December 12, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Guns to Mexican Drug cartels.
Weapons to AQ via Libya
DPRK missle launch.
F-16′s to Egypt
Islamist in Syria
Nukes in Iran

Obama – I love when a plan comes together.

Jabberwock on December 12, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Yeah, a “weather satellite” is what these people really need.

Trafalgar on December 12, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Here a rogue nation is trying to go straight only to be swatted down by pessimists like you!/

Happy Nomad on December 12, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Obama – I love when a plan comes together.

Jabberwock on December 12, 2012 at 8:33 AM

You forgot slowly introducing Sharia law and a Caliphate into US law and institutional structures. He’s helping set up terrorist attacks in this nation too.

Happy Nomad on December 12, 2012 at 8:36 AM

uh oh another strongly worded memo headed your way North Korea, look out!

gsherin on December 12, 2012 at 8:33 AM

I’d point out that is far more of a response than the rat-eared wonder gave when Benghazi was attacked and our people killed. Such lack of response, BTW, shows the Muslim animals that they can attack America with impunity.

Happy Nomad on December 12, 2012 at 8:38 AM

OT- MKH and HotAir just got quoted on WMAL here in DC. Taking on the hidden costs of Obamacare.

Happy Nomad on December 12, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Such lack of response, BTW, shows the Muslim animals that they can attack America with impunity.

Happy Nomad on December 12, 2012 at 8:38 AM

This.

This is one of the things that makes me the angriest. In politics, appearances matter. It now appears that you can assassinate our ambassadors without fear of reprisal.

How has appeasement worked in the past?

Washington Nearsider on December 12, 2012 at 8:48 AM

How has appeasement worked in the past?

Washington Nearsider on December 12, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Attack on the USS Cole + Lack of reprisal (even though we knew were the terrorist training camps were located) = the 9/11/01 atrocities.

Just sayin’

Happy Nomad on December 12, 2012 at 9:52 AM

The tech here is 1960′s Russian design. The one that immediately preceded this model had a huge wick on the bottom and it was attached to a stick that you stuck in the ground. I hear the North Koreans are also entering a car in this year’s Daytona 500. Its a Lada with a big honk’n spoiler on the trunk.

Syd B. on December 12, 2012 at 9:56 AM

There won’t be any consequences. There are no consequences for anything anymore except thought crimes.

Dan_Yul on December 12, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Because doing anything about it is imperialistic, and not our business.

Ask Dante.

Washington Nearsider on December 12, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Ask JohnGalt23 about that, and I’ll tell ya it’s none of our damned business (well, all except the missiles that can now reach the US), imperialistic or not.

Not our job to worry about the concentration camps in their country. Not our job to worry about how many of their people are starving. Not really our job to worry about the security of their neighbors, past the point of worrying about strategic nations falling to the might of the North Korean invaders.

They are a Third World nation whose population routinely goes into periods of mass starvation because of idiotic, even evil, policies of their governments.

Tell me, how does this make them any different than most of the continent of Africa, and a large part of the continent of Asia?

Now, tell me, are you willing to risk war on the Korean peninsula over this development?

JohnGalt23 on December 12, 2012 at 11:11 AM

How about reverse psychology – simply congratulate them on their accomplishment. Establish communications to share weather data (or whatever the hell it does).

The better goal is for the Norks to begin engaging peacefully with the rest of the world, and stop provoking the South.

Not sure how any punishment for this “success” of thiers would further that goal. They are already emboldened by virtue of having success.

connertown on December 12, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Well, so much for the Japanese Defense Forces “shooting down” that rocket. I guess they figured we’d do it. Oh, wait…

MikeHu on December 12, 2012 at 12:14 PM

In line with many other Obama tolerances

Schadenfreude on December 12, 2012 at 1:36 PM

North Korea defied the UN again to launch this rocket, an action proscribed by a sheaf of UN resolutions that Pyongyang has ignored for decades.

Are you defending NK’s sovereignty in regards to the UN, or condemning them for “defying” the UN?

Dante on December 12, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Hey Barack maybe they need some free F-16s as well

Not-a-Marxist on December 12, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Boy, I’m sure glad we don’t have that missile shield.

Oil Can on December 12, 2012 at 8:10 AM

…the only one if it exsits… would be at the White House

KOOLAID2 on December 12, 2012 at 11:18 PM