(Image source: KCNA)

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

North Korea’s rocket launch Wednesday is being roundly condemned, but no one’s really talking about how much of a surprise it was.

The reclusive country boasted of a successful launch, mere hours after telling the international community it would be delayed.

VIA CNN: “The last we heard officially from North Korea was that it had extended the launch window by one week.”

The international community knew it was coming, but less than a day earlier when North Korea announced a “technical deficiency” — not only was there a little relaxing in the press, but also a little ribbing at North Korea’s expense:

At the news, Slate’s Sarah Tory wrote: “...you would think the country would make sure it had worked out all the technical kinks before announcing plans for another. Not so.”

And Monday afternoon, an Associated Press headline read: “No sign of imminent rocket launch in North Korea.”

Of course, now we know — at the time — North Korea was mere hours from a successful launch that followed its intended trajectory. Japan first noticed some 10 minutes after launch initiated.

So how was the international community fooled?

Perhaps because North Korea’s past attempts have seen their fair share of failures. Just this past April, a rocket lunged into the Yellow Sea mere minutes after launch.

VIA AL JAZEERA: “And Pyongyang doesn’t want to see two technological failures in a year.”

North Korean officials maintain their efforts are peaceful, with the goal of putting a satellite into orbit. But outside intelligence officials don’t buy it — believing the regime is taking another step toward the ability to mount a nuclear warhead on a long-range rocket.

Still, Business Insider’s Geoffrey Ingersoll suggests — in Wednesday’s launch — perhaps more frightening than North Korea’s possible intent:

“...the most terrifying aspect [is] the world's complete and total surprise.”

The U.N. Security Council met Wednesday to discuss possible responses to the launch. Reuters reports expanding existing U.N. sanctions against North Korea is a possibility.

How North Korea Launch Surprised, Fooled World

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Dec 12, 2012

How North Korea Launch Surprised, Fooled World

(Image source: KCNA)

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

North Korea’s rocket launch Wednesday is being roundly condemned, but no one’s really talking about how much of a surprise it was.

The reclusive country boasted of a successful launch, mere hours after telling the international community it would be delayed.

VIA CNN: “The last we heard officially from North Korea was that it had extended the launch window by one week.”

The international community knew it was coming, but less than a day earlier when North Korea announced a “technical deficiency” — not only was there a little relaxing in the press, but also a little ribbing at North Korea’s expense:

At the news, Slate’s Sarah Tory wrote: “...you would think the country would make sure it had worked out all the technical kinks before announcing plans for another. Not so.”

And Monday afternoon, an Associated Press headline read: “No sign of imminent rocket launch in North Korea.”

Of course, now we know — at the time — North Korea was mere hours from a successful launch that followed its intended trajectory. Japan first noticed some 10 minutes after launch initiated.

So how was the international community fooled?

Perhaps because North Korea’s past attempts have seen their fair share of failures. Just this past April, a rocket lunged into the Yellow Sea mere minutes after launch.

VIA AL JAZEERA: “And Pyongyang doesn’t want to see two technological failures in a year.”

North Korean officials maintain their efforts are peaceful, with the goal of putting a satellite into orbit. But outside intelligence officials don’t buy it — believing the regime is taking another step toward the ability to mount a nuclear warhead on a long-range rocket.

Still, Business Insider’s Geoffrey Ingersoll suggests — in Wednesday’s launch — perhaps more frightening than North Korea’s possible intent:

“...the most terrifying aspect [is] the world's complete and total surprise.”

The U.N. Security Council met Wednesday to discuss possible responses to the launch. Reuters reports expanding existing U.N. sanctions against North Korea is a possibility.

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