Only if it was promoted just as a missile test, the rest of the world was tiptoeing as North Korea was playing with its rockets. But as minutes later, the world would take a breath as the North Korea missile launch failed soon after lift-off. For the regime in Pyongyang the failure of the missile test might be a bit embarrassing, but the U.S. found the North Korea missile launch to be a provocative act.
The new regime in Pyongyang, North Korea, is obviously trying to figure out where it is standing. The missile launch was obviously a simple test of weapons, in the attempt to check what’s working or not. Down the line, such tests will probably intensify, but all in all, for the moment the government in Pyongyang is reassessing the assets at hand.
The United States has interpreted the North Korea missile launch as a provocative act for good reasons. As this new government is reassessing its resources and making plans for the upcoming months, the United States and other world powers should make sure North Korea is aware of the consequences involved in its weapon testing.
Jay Carney, spokesman for the White House, said: “Despite the failure of its attempted missile launch, North Korea’s provocative action threatens regional security, violates international law and contravenes its own recent commitments”.
To make sure, North Korea got the message and is going to retain from any other missile launches, the United States announced it is suspending the delivery of food aid. But, that means North Korea is now free to restart its program of uranium enriching and developing ballistic missiles.
Jay Carney’s statement also read: “While this action is not surprising given North Korea’s patterns of aggressive behavior, any missile activity by North Korea is of concern to the international community”.
The real concern here is that dealing with a new regime in a country known for an aggressive past is extremely risky. Even if the new government at Pyongyang might benefit from the past leader’s authority, that does not mean the new leader doesn’t have to make a standing of his own. In doing that, he might take a decisive action and potentially break international conventions once again in his attempt to show the people of North Korea he is a fearless leader.