North Korea broke the rules, once again, by testing a rocket that could be used for long-range missiles," said Mr. Obama. "This provocation underscores the need for action - not just this afternoon at the UN Security Council, but in our determination to prevent the spread of these weapons. Rules must be binding . . . Today I state clearly and with conviction America's commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons!" said Mr. Obama. Wow! Is He Mildly Concerned.
But U.N. will do . . . .nothing, but free-load in New York.
Japan had called for the emergency U.N. Security Council meeting on Sunday. But the 15 members agreed only to discuss the matter further, diplomats said.
The United States, Japan and South Korea say the launch violated Security Council resolutions banning the firing of ballistic missiles by Pyongyang, imposed after a nuclear test and other missile exercises in 2006.
Council diplomats said China, the nearest North Korea has to a major ally, and Russia were not convinced the launch of what North Korea said was a satellite was a violation of U.N. rules. Three other countries supported this view.
"It's 10 against five," one diplomat told Reuters.
The U.S. military and South Korea said no part of the Taepodong-2 rocket entered orbit.
South Korea's biggest daily the Chosun Ilbo, quoting government sources, said the rocket flew 3,200 km (2,000 miles), which would put the U.S. territory of Guam nearly in reach.
Kim Jong Il is said to have had a stroke. President Obama is in robust health.
Kim Jong Il just pee'd on your Florsheim's Mr. President!
Keep Hope Alive!
More Likely - Kiss Your Ass Goodbye.