RSS
North Korea launches long-range rocket
 
North Korean leader Kim Jon-Un waves while visiting a military facility on Aug. 19: The young man appears to be breaking from his father's ways with modest economic reforms.
North Korean leader Kim Jon-Un waves while visiting a military facility on Aug. 19: The young man appears to be breaking from his father's ways with modest economic reforms.
REUTERS/KCNA

North Korea carried out an apparently successful launch of its Unha-3 long-range rocket on Wednesday, defying the U.S. and its allies and potentially inviting new sanctions by violating a U.N. Security Council ban against missile launches from the impoverished Asian nation. The rocket carried a satellite, not warheads, but if North Korea did actually place the satellite in orbit, as its state media claims, Pyongyang is a big step closer to being able to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the U.S. It would also be a big success for North Korea's young new leader, Kim Jong Un; eight months ago, an Unha-3 rocket broke apart 90 seconds after launch, in an embarrassment to the regime.

 

THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER

Subscribe to the Week