On March 16, the North Korean government announced that it would, in mid-April, conduct what it described as the launch of a satellite. The world was not impressed. This decision was, after all, made in open defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions which prohibit the North from conducting tests implying the use of ballistic missile technology.
The strength of international opinion is notable. Even China, usually inclined to overlook North Korean antics, has found remarkably harsh words to describe North Koreans stated plans.