South Korea has launched its first rocket, claiming that the test was for purely scientific and peaceful purposes. The launch comes at a time of thawing relations with the country's neighbor to the north.
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The United States said on Monday that it will continue to press the United Nations Security Council for a strong response to this weekend's rocket launch by North Korea, a rocket that President Obama said could be used for long-range missiles. Leon Sigal of the Social Science Research Council discusses the implications of the launch.
North Korea launched a rocket on Sunday, but failed to put a satellite into orbit as hoped. Worldfocus editorial consultant Peter Eisner discusses the implications of the launch and the changing face of the U.S. approach to North Korea.
U.S. officials say North Korea appears to be on track for a rocket launch that could take place as early as this Saturday. Although North Korea says the rocket will launch a satellite, South Korea, Japan and the United States think the North Koreans are planning a test of long-range missile technology.
Anthony Cordesman, an expert on the Middle East, terrorism and defense policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, discusses the implications of today's launch and how it might relate to the use of a nuclear weapon.