UN gets the usual China, Russia filibuster on North Korea condemnation

April 6, 2009

(ChattahBox) — North Korea’s rocket may have fallen into the sea, but some military experts cautioned Monday that it wasn’t a total failure.  Although the distance was still far short of showing North Korea could reach U.S. territory, the rocket identified by American officials as a Taepodong-2, flew at least 2,000 miles, doubling it’s range.

While it is a particularly worrying development for a petulant country that says it has nuclear weapons and once threatened to turn Seoul into a “sea of fire,” the United Nations (united being a large misnomer) failed to respond to what President Obama called a “provocative act.”

Council members met for three hours Sunday but couldn’t even release a customary preliminary statement of condemnation as China, the North’s closest ally, and Russia likely used their veto power to prevent or water down any response.  Supposedly China, Russia, Libya and Vietnam were concerned about further alienating and destabilizing North Korea. The council will likely reconvene today.

U.S. intelligence agencies are however trying to capitalize on North Korea’s threat by advancing proposals to deploy two new spy satellite systems estimated to cost a total of about $10 billion, according to government and industry officials.  Arguing that the U.S. faces a future gap in advanced, high-resolution imaging capabilities, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair and Defense Secretary Robert Gates last week asked the White House to approve plans to build a pair of large, cutting-edge spy satellites along with two smaller, less-expensive models commercially available today, according to WSJ report. The aim is to get the simpler satellites into orbit first to maintain U.S. space surveillance efforts, and then develop and launch the more-capable follow-on constellation.

As part of the debate leading up to the recommendations, intelligence officials argued that current commercial sattelite imagery, wasn’t adequate to fully decipher North Korea’s activities regarding its controversial rocket.

Via: Huffington Post


One Response to “UN gets the usual China, Russia filibuster on North Korea condemnation”

  1. PowerballLotteryResults on April 6th, 2009 4:23 pm

    Breaking news.. I was watching it on tv…

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