April 6th, 2009
01:06 PM ET

Why did North Korea launch rocket?

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/04/06/amanpour.north.korea.rocket/art.northkorea.kimjongil.rocket.team.kns.afp.gi.jpg caption="Picture released by North Korean state news agency shows Kim Jong Il, center, with staff from the rocket team."]
Christiane Amanpour
CNN Chief International Correspondent

After a three-hour emergency session Sunday, the United Nations Security Council failed to come to any agreement on how to deal with North Korea's rocket launch over the weekend. Deliberations will continue Monday.

Sources say China, Russia Libya and Vietnam are blocking any resolution or punitive measures. They call for caution and restraint while the U.S. is calling for a strong and unified response. Officials believe the most that could happen would be a Security Council presidential statement condemning the launch and a possible attempt to reaffirm existing U.N. sanctions on Pyongyang. They do not expect new sanctions to be imposed.

U.S. Northern Command and other intelligence sources are portraying North Korea's launch of what they say was a Taepodong-2 missile as a failure. "Stage one of the missile fell into the Sea of Japan. The remaining stages along with the payload itself landed in the Pacific Ocean. No object entered orbit and no debris fell on Japan," according to a statement from the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and the Northern Command.


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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. lynn

    So many Americans seem to want to start a war...the same people would be complaining if Pres. Obama did have the missle shot down.

    April 6, 2009 at 8:54 pm |
  2. Rick

    Watch how much they get out of this in food, fuel oil, gas. They do it for all the free stuff. Then when they need more they start some more crap again. Quit paying them off.

    April 6, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  3. Gilbert Martinez

    Sad group picture. What a nation of losers. This rocket test is yet another attempt by North Korea's Communist elite to prove to the World that they are still important – that they matter.

    Or, there could be something to be said about what they say about short man. Hey, a rocket, shot into space, etc.

    Either way, what a sad and pitiful group of losers.

    April 6, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  4. Annie Kate

    I'm glad North Korea's test was a failure. If they are actually doing a satellite that would be ok but since most felt it was an ICBM then how can we trust them to even keep any nuclear limitations they might agree to?

    April 6, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  5. Mike Syracuse, NY

    The UN will do what it does best, nothing. Time for Obama to show he has some nads. Or will he wait until north Korea gets a rocket and nuclear warheads that can reach the US?

    April 6, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
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    April 6, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  7. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    North Korea will succeed someday--and when that day comes--then do something--otherwise save your words and press releases--they always fall on deaft ears anyway.

    April 6, 2009 at 1:10 pm |