North Korea fired a long-range rocket over Japan on Sunday, provoking international outrage and triggering an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council as it succeeded in grabbing the world's attention. The reclusive communist state's official media said a satellite had been launched into orbit, and it was now circling the earth transmitting revolutionary songs."With this provocative act, North Korea has ignored its international obligations, rejected unequivocal calls for restraint, and further isolated itself from the community of nations," Obama, who is on a European tour, said in a statement. In a speech delivered later in Prague, Obama said North Korea must be forced to change. Addressing thousands of people, Obama committed himself to reducing the U.S. nuclear arsenal and said Washington would seek to engage all nuclear weapons states in arms reduction efforts. The White House said Obama remained committed to six-nation talks to "denuclearize" North Korea. South Korea branded the launch of the rocket a "reckless" act, Japan said it was "extremely regrettable" and the European Union "strongly condemned" Pyongyang's step. China, the nearest the reclusive North has to a major ally, and Russia both called on all sides for calm and restraint. Analysts said Washington and Tokyo may seek a U.N. resolution condemning the reclusive state's action, but they expect resistance to tougher action such as new sanctions from Beijing. "NEGOTIATING HAND STRENGTHENED" South Korea's Yonhap news agency quoted a government official in Seoul as saying the rocket appeared to have carried a satellite, which Pyongyang had all along insisted was its plan for a launch it had flagged would come in an April 4-8 window. Analysts said the launch may bolster North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's authority after a suspected stroke last August raised doubts about his grip on power. It wins North Korea the attention it has sought as the new U.S. administration wrestles with recession and the war in Afghanistan, and it could strengthen Kim's hand in using military threats to win concessions from global powers. "North Korea is likely to judge that its negotiating position has been strengthened now that it has both the nuclear and missile cards," said Shunji Hiraiwa of Shizuoka Prefectural University in Japan
well.. not so ok .. as per latest information from US..
MOSCOW, April 6 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has not placed its satellite into the near-Earth orbit, Russian media reported Monday. "Our space control system has not registered the placement of the DPRK satellite into orbit. According to our data, it simply is not there," the Interfax news agency cited a high-ranking source with the Russian General Staff as saying. The DPRK's official media reported Sunday that the country successfully launched a rocket carrying the "Kwangmyongsong-2" communications satellite which entered orbit about 10 minutes after launch. However, South Korea and the United States said the launch failed to put the satellite into orbit.