In defiance of international agreements, North Korea launched a long-range rocket Friday morning from the capital of Pyongyang. Luckily, the launch failed and the rocket dropped into the sea, breaking apart before it reached the earth’s atmosphere. Japanese authorities have not found any negative environmental impact yet. But the international community is up in arms over the shiftiness of the single-party socialist nation.
Aside from the launch being a violation of U.N. resolutions prohibiting North Korea from nuclear and ballistic missile activity, it is an embarrassment to the country that’s been boasting its nuclear prowess for years. "It's a humiliation," Joseph Cirincione, president of the global security foundation The Ploughshares Fund, told CNN. "I wouldn't want to be a North Korean rocket scientist today." According to the Korean Central News Agency, scientists, technicians and experts are now looking into the cause of the failure. .