North Korea defiant: Will launch ballistic missile as planned

Rick Moran
Despite pressure from China and the west, North Korea plans to launch a ballistic missile that will carry a satellite into space. Reuters: Political analysts say the launch, which would violate U.N. resolutions on the heavily sanctioned state, is aimed at boosting the legitimacy of its young new ruler Kim Jong-un who inherited power after his father's death in December. "The peaceful development and use of space is a universally recognized legitimate right of a sovereign state," the North's state KCNA news agency said. North Korea says it is using the rocket to launch a satellite to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il-sung, the country's founding ruler and grandfather of the current ruler. The United States, and others, say it is much the same as a ballistic missile test and therefore off-limits for the isolated state which has for years been trying to build a nuclear arsenal. Washington, which last month agreed to supply North Korea with food in exchange...(Read Full Post)

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