US, Other Nations Condemn North Korean Launch of Long-Range Rocket

North Korea launched a satellite into orbit around the earth. The UN Security Council convened an emergency meeting and condemned the launch. “U.S. officials have said the same type of rocket used to launch today's satellite could deliver a nuclear warhead,” reports CNN. “China, the Soviet Union and the United States have all used intercontinental ballistic missiles, or ICBMs, to launch satellites in the past,” including space programs. North Korea may have 100 nuclear weapons, and Australia, parts of Europe and the United States, as well as Asia are in range. The United States wants to toughen sanctions on the isolated regime but China with the most leverage is cautious: An abrupt political or economic downturn for its neighbor could prompt a destabilizing refugee crisis. China must also worry about a stronger US role in the region in moving to assist Japan and South Korea with defense, including installation of a high-altitude missile-defense system. – YaleGlobal

US, Other Nations Condemn North Korean Launch of Long-Range Rocket

UN Security Council condemns North Korea’s satellite launch: US presses for tough sanctions, China worries about toppling the Kim regime and teetering economy
Ralph Ellis, K.J. Kwon and Tiffany Ap
Monday, February 8, 2016

CNN’s Elise Labott, James Griffiths, Barbara Starr, Paula Hancocks, Jason Hanna, Jamie Crawford, Yoko Wakatsuki, Junko Ogura, Don Melvin, Brian Walker and Steven Jiang contributed to this report.

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