North Korea launched a long-range rocket that passed over the Japanese island of Okinawa. The launch surprised the international community, which reacted promptly.
The North Korean regime said the rocket carried a satellite supposed to be launched on its orbit. The North American Aerospace Defense Command suggested as well the rocket “deployed an object that appeared to achieve orbit”.
However, the international community fears the launch might be a cover for testing ballistic missile technology. Japan, the United States, South Korea and other countries around the world condemned North Korea’s move, arguing it breached U.N. Security Council resolutions.
“It is extremely regrettable that North Korea forced the launch despite our protest,” Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said at a news conference in Tokyo. “It is not acceptable, and we strongly protest against it.”
“The launch is a threat to the peace and stability of the Korean peninsula and the world”, said the South Korean government, while The United States called the action “a highly provocative act” that is “yet another example of North Korea’s pattern of irresponsible behavior.”
At the moment, Washington is discussing with other states such as China and Russia, in order to “pursue appropriate action”, said Tommy Vietor, a U.S. National Security Council spokesman.