North Korea missile launch looks imminent
Friday, March 27, 2009
U.S. intelligence officials announced Wednesday that a missile had been rolled out to a pad at its Musudan launch facility. It is unknown whether the missile is in fact carrying a satellite, or if a warhead may be in its place. The missile is reported to be capable of carrying either. Only after a post-launch analysis will officials be able to determine what the missile may have been carrying.
United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton commented that were North Korea to launch a missile, they would be in violation of a United Nations Security Council resolution, and that the U.S. would voice its opposition with the U.N. if North Korea went through with the plan.
South Korea's response was less specific, with chief nuclear envoy Wi Sung-lac saying "If North Korea launches [a] rocket, certain countermeasures are unavoidable."
The previous launch of a Taepodong-2 missile was in 2006, which ended in failure after it went out of control and was destroyed.
- MarPam Benson. "N. Korea positions 'missile' on launch pad" — , March 25, 2009
- Jim Miklaszewski. "North Korea looks set to launch missile" — , March 25, 2009