April 3, 2009
North Korea's Missile Tantrum
Yang Sung-Chul, Globe and Mail
SEOUL Once again, tension is rising across Asia over North Korea's missile program. Unlike its previous "surprise" launches, North Korea notified international agencies in advance that it will send a "satellite" into orbit some time between April 4 and 8. The question for the world is not whether Pyongyang will launch its missile, but what happens afterward.
The United States, Japan and South Korea have already condemned the launch as a "provocative act" and a violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1718, adopted in October of 2006, five days after North Korea conducted a nuclear weapons test. Yesterday, Barack Obama called for a "stern, united" world response, and Japan vowed to press for an emergency session of the UN Security Council.
TAGGED: North Korea, Seoul