North Korea launhes controversial missile
The United Nations Security Council announced it will hold an emergency meeting Sunday night after North Korea launched a Taepodong 2 missile Saturday night – a pre-planned event that was condemned by the United States and several of its allies in Asia.
According to the New York Times, “the U.S. and others say it violates a U.N. ban on ballistic missile activity by the communist state even though the satellite failed to reach orbit.”
Despite North Korea’s claims that the intentions of the missile were for communications, others believe the missile, which can travel as far as 4,100 miles, could potentially be used to attack the United States or its allies – primarily Japan and South Korea.
“Rules must be binding. Violations must be punished. Words must mean something," President Barack Obama said. "Now is the time for a strong international response, and North Korea must know that the path to security and respect will never come through threats and illegal weapons.”
According to a Star Tribune calendar graphic, Obama is scheduled to give a speech on nuclear proliferation today at the European Union summit in the Czech Republic.