(Image Source: Xinhua)

BY JOHN O’CONNOR

ANCHOR JASMINE BAILEY

Despite condemnation from the United Nations, North Korea says it will carry out its plan to launch a long-range ballistic missile for testing sometime during the month of December. CNN has more.

“North Korea says it plans to launch a rocket between December 10th and the 22nd. It says it plans to launch the rocket for science and research.”   

According to the Associated Press, satellite imagery indicates that snow may have hindered the preparation process, but North Korea will still be ready to launch the rocket come Monday.

The BBC reports the December 10th through 22nd “ … launch window includes two key dates - December 17 marks the first anniversary of the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and December 19 is when South Korea's presidential election takes place.” 

A South Korean government official tells Businessweek Kim Jong-un regime’s priority is ensuring a success launch after a similar attempt in April failed.

“[The launch] is intended to demonstrate to the world that they have the capacity to be able to build missiles and have the missile technology to be able to use it in ways of their choosing … ” 

The New York Times says Kim Jong-un, son of the late Kim Jong-il, will not back away from North Korea’s legacy of nuclear and missile programs as he continues to consolidate his own hereditary rule.

“North Korea’s state news media make it clear that the country’s rocket and nuclear programs have become integral to its self-image as a small, poor but militarily powerful country, which bigger nations must placate with economic concessions, and to its ruling party’s claim to political legitimacy.”  

In response to the North Korean test, the U.S. has positioned warships with anti-missile equipment around the area. Meanwhile, Japan says it will also use it’s missile defense system should it feel threatened. 

North Korea Prepares to Launch Rocket

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Dec 7, 2012

North Korea Prepares to Launch Rocket

 

(Image Source: Xinhua)

BY JOHN O’CONNOR

ANCHOR JASMINE BAILEY

Despite condemnation from the United Nations, North Korea says it will carry out its plan to launch a long-range ballistic missile for testing sometime during the month of December. CNN has more.

“North Korea says it plans to launch a rocket between December 10th and the 22nd. It says it plans to launch the rocket for science and research.”   

According to the Associated Press, satellite imagery indicates that snow may have hindered the preparation process, but North Korea will still be ready to launch the rocket come Monday.

The BBC reports the December 10th through 22nd “ … launch window includes two key dates - December 17 marks the first anniversary of the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and December 19 is when South Korea's presidential election takes place.” 

A South Korean government official tells Businessweek Kim Jong-un regime’s priority is ensuring a success launch after a similar attempt in April failed.

“[The launch] is intended to demonstrate to the world that they have the capacity to be able to build missiles and have the missile technology to be able to use it in ways of their choosing … ” 

The New York Times says Kim Jong-un, son of the late Kim Jong-il, will not back away from North Korea’s legacy of nuclear and missile programs as he continues to consolidate his own hereditary rule.

“North Korea’s state news media make it clear that the country’s rocket and nuclear programs have become integral to its self-image as a small, poor but militarily powerful country, which bigger nations must placate with economic concessions, and to its ruling party’s claim to political legitimacy.”  

In response to the North Korean test, the U.S. has positioned warships with anti-missile equipment around the area. Meanwhile, Japan says it will also use it’s missile defense system should it feel threatened. 

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