Kim Jong-il, who ruled the country in his capacity as louis vuitton womens wear chairman of the commission, was given the title of “chairman for eternity.”
Outsiders, meanwhile, focused on the launch, which was condemned by the foreign ministers of the Group of Eight industrialized nations meeting in Washington, including Russia.
The UN Security Council was expected to issue either a press statement or a stronger presidential statement, which becomes part of its official record
Washington said it was suspending plans to contribute food aid to the North in exchange for a rollback of its nuclear programs.
White House spokesman Jay Carney also said on Thursday before the launch that “the clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions that a launch of a ballistic missile would represent makes it virtually impossible for us to go ahead with” the agreed-upon package of food aid to North Korea.
The Obama administration believes U.S. sanctions against North Korea, particularly on its ability to obtain advanced electronics for guidance systems, have restricted its proliferation activities.
North Korea had announced weeks earlier that it would launch a long-range rocket mounted with an observational satellite, touting it as a major technological achievement louis vuitton sunglasses to mark the centennial of the birth of Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong-un's grandfather.
The failure “blows a big hole in the birthday party,” said Victor Cha, former director for Asia policy in the U.S. National Security Council. “It's terribly embarrassing for the North.”
In downtown Pyongyang, university student Kim Kwang Jin was sanguine about the news.
“I'm not too disappointed. There was always the chance of failure,” he said. “Other nations — including China and Russia — have had failures while building their space programs so why wouldn't we? I hope that in the future, we're able to build a better satellite.”
Experts say the Unha-3 carrier was the same type of rocket that would be used to strike the U.S. and other targets with a long-range missile.
Greg Thielmann, a former intelligence officer with the U.S. State Department, said it now appears the North Koreans haven't mastered the technology they need to control multistage rockets — a key capability if the North is to threaten the United States with intercontinental ballistic discount louis vuitton sunglasses fashion style sale brown/black missiles.