Failure – The State and the Rocket

North Korea rocket launch fails

The BBC's Damian Grammaticas says the failure of the launch is a real embarrassment for the North Korean regime

North Korea’s keenly watched rocket launch has failed, Pyongyang has confirmed.

The rocket – seen by many as a banned test of long-range missile technology – was launched from north-west North Korea early on Friday.

The US, Japan and South Korea say it flew only for a short time before breaking up and crashing into waters off the Korean peninsula.

North Korea said its scientists were assessing what had caused the failure.

North Korea says the aim of the launch was to put a satellite into orbit – a move marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of national founder Kim Il-sung.

Source: BBC News Read the full story

Opinion:

Omens should be heeded. Maybe the state should worry more about its poverty than the arms race… but then the peasants aren’t important.

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