US warns of ‘consequences’ after North Korea’s rocket launch
The reported launch of something by North Korea late yesterday inspired some caution and a great deal of snark from Western observers. Even today, some reports are calling the satellite simply an “object,” and though there’s no way of identifying its purpose, it seems to be doing little more than tumbling out of control as it orbits the earth.
Is it a threat? Possibly, if for no other reason than the collision danger it poses to other satellites.
Don’t be too hard on North Korea. We’ve all had attempted satellite launches that spun out of controlled orbit, am I right?
— Alex Fitzpatrick (@AlexJamesFitz) December 12, 2012
North Korea satellite said to be ‘tumbling out of control.’ Seems the mouse in the wheel has vertigo
— Tim Stanley (@timothy_stanley) December 12, 2012
North Korea attempting to launch weather satellite because it is important to know if you’ll be starving in the hot or in the cold.
— Fake Dispatch (@Fake_Dispatch) December 12, 2012
Of course, was launching a “weather satellite” the point, or did North Korea simply need a reason to test the launch of a multi-stage rocket — the sort that would be necessary to reach the West Coast of the United States?
Reminder: if you can throw an object into orbit, you’re thisclose to targeting a nuke anywhere on the planet.
— Cuffé (@CuffyMeh) December 12, 2012
@cuffymeh what do you think it is that they have in orbit? Would it just be a satellite.
— Kev(@KevDough) December 12, 2012
@kevdough it’s a satellite. Next step is to miniaturize their nukes to weigh the same.
— Cuffé (@CuffyMeh) December 12, 2012
The United Nations Security Council has condemned the missile launch, and the White House promised “consequences,” with spokesman Jay Carney telling the press, “I don’t have a preview of next steps, but we take this matter very seriously … and we are not alone.”
#UNSC condemned yesterday’s missile launch, no matter how North Korea chooses to characterize it, as a violation of two UNSC resolutions.
— Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) December 12, 2012
Yet another threat of unnamed consequences isn’t inspiring confidence.
Obama says there will be consequences for North Korea’s missile launch. Believe it when I see it.
— PennyRush (@PennyRush) December 12, 2012
— bradcundiff (@bradcundiff) December 12, 2012
I don’t get it the president tells North Korea they can’t launch a rocket without consequences and yet they launch one an nothing’s happened
— Kyle Rensink (@krensink12) December 12, 2012
— Greg Mueller (@gregmcrc) December 12, 2012
— Peter G (@peterg11742) December 12, 2012
My neutered Rottweiler has more balls than Obama’s foreign policy does! Now N. Korea has a nuke delivery device & Iran soon their own. Ugh!!
— Chuck Nellis (@ChuckNellis) December 12, 2012
North Korea became nuclear & successfully launched a long range missile,both on Obama’s watch.Have I mentioned lately WH & UN are worthless?
— Cyn (@Cynlorrine23) December 12, 2012
Obama is very upset about N. Korea’s rocket launch! He plans to send them straight to the time-out chair 2 think about what they’ve done.
— Jenn (@sowhatrusaying) December 12, 2012
As Chair of the Missile Defense Caucus I’m very concerned that Mr. Obama remains on the sidelines on N. Korea and Iran. ow.ly/g377w
— Rep. Trent Franks (@RepTrentFranks) December 12, 2012
It’s PRESIDENT Obama MT: @reptrentfranks: I’m very concerned that Mr. Obama remains on the sidelines on N Korea and Iran.
— Emily McCann (@EmilyAMcCann) December 12, 2012
Sorry. We are very concerned that PRESIDENT Obama remains on the sidelines on North Korea and Iran. Better?
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