North Korea had been opposed by all the world leaders over its plan of launching rockets under concerns of threatening regional security, violating international laws and further stepping back from its self commitments. In fact Obama’s administration had also warned that if Korea does not listen to what everybody is saying then it will have to face
isolation in terms of any kind of relief. A day before the launching of the rocket Hillary Clinton at a Group of Eight Foreign ministers meeting in Washington stated, ‘we urge the North Korean leadership to honor its agreement and refrain from pursuing a cycle of provocation. It can pursue peace and reap the benefits of closer ties with the international community including US or it can continue to face pressure and isolation’.
Despite all talks, pressure and warning North Korea did carry out its rocket launch, claiming till the last moment that the projectile would carry a satellite into orbit to mark the April 15 centennial of state founder Kim II Sung. But what happened was the last thing the scientists and the technicians had expected to happen. The missile reached an altitude of 151km before disintegrating into 20 pieces and falling into the ocean 100 to 150 km off the western coast. The rocket failed to enter its preset orbit after liftoff from the Sohae Satellite Launching Station.
And now while the scientists, technicians and the experts are trying to figure out what went wrong, Kim Jong Un must be trying to face the humiliation and the loss after such a failure. Kiran Kidwai – International Desk, NMTV