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Rice Calls for International Action on North Korea

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice said the Obama administration would seek a global response to the crisis prompted by this weekend's missile test by North Korea.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    After days of anticipation, the missile launch was announced with a triumphant flourish on North Korean state television.

    Today, a North Korean official said Kim Jong-il was at the launch site yesterday. The reclusive North Korean leader has reportedly been recovering from a stroke.

  • CHOI BAE JIN, Chief Director, North Korean National Planning Committee:

    We cannot hide our joy and excitement over this achievement and the news of Kim Jong-il visiting the launch site and watching the satellite launch.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    There is no indication that the rocket and the satellite it was said to carry went into orbit, despite North Korean claims to the contrary. Rather, the three-stage missile ended up somewhere in the western Pacific Ocean.

    Lee Sang-Hee is the defense minister for South Korea.

    LEE SANG-HEE, Defense Minister, South Korea (through translator): What we have judged is that the first level, second level, and the third level all fell into the sea, and, for now, we have estimated that nothing has been put into orbit.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The rocket, most likely the Taepodong-2 intercontinental ballistic missile, did manage to fly more than 2,000 miles. The test deepened concerns that the North is inching ever closer to developing a missile capable of both carrying a nuclear weapon and reaching the western United States.

    There was near-unanimous condemnation of the launch. President Obama spoke in the Czech Republic yesterday.

  • BARACK OBAMA:

    North Korea's development of a ballistic missile capability, regardless of the stated purpose of this launch, is aimed at providing it with the ability to threaten countries near and far with weapons of mass destruction.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The timing of the launch collided with the larger purpose of the president's speech in Prague, a call for global nuclear disarmament.

  • BARACK OBAMA:

    I state clearly and with conviction America's commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.

    I'm not naive. This goal will not be reached quickly, perhaps not in my lifetime. It will take patience and persistence. But now we, too, must ignore the voices who tell us that the world cannot change. We have to insist, yes, we can.

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