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Latest on Failed North Korea Rocket Launch Apr 15

By: AP
By: AP
Extra images of the UNHA III rocket on it's launch pad in Tang Chung Ri, North Korea

Extra images of the UNHA III rocket on it's launch pad in Tang Chung Ri, North Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says North Korea's failed rocket launch shows the country is wasting money on rockets that "don't work" while its people starve.
Obama told a television interviewer that the North Koreans have "been trying to launch missiles like this for over a decade now, and they don't seem to be real good at it."
Still, he called the failed launch Friday an area of deep concern for the United States. He says in an interview with the Spanish-language TV network "Telemundo" to be broadcast Friday evening that the U.S. will work with other nations to "further isolate" North Korea.
The launch violates two U.N. Security Council resolutions, and the U.S. says it will kill a plan to give food aid to North Korea.

BEIJING (AP) -- China is appealing to the United States and South Korea to show restraint following North Korea's failed rocket launch.
China's foreign ministry said Sunday that Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi talked with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan. A ministry statement appealed for all sides to "remain calm and exercise restraint."
The failed launch Friday heightened tensions in the region, and the U.N. Security Council criticized it as a violation of resolutions that prohibit North Korea from developing nuclear and missile programs.
The United States suspended food aid to the impoverished North.

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has spoken publicly for the first time at a massive celebration marking the 100th birthday of national founder Kim Il Sung.
Kim gave the speech praising his grandfather Sunday as tens of thousands gathered in Pyongyang's main square for meticulously choreographed festivities that came two days after a failed rocket launch.
Washington and others say the launch was a covert test of long-range missile technology


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