North Korea’s five-day window to launch a rocket opened Thursday with Asian countries on alert, as Washington told G8 world powers that the communist state was in flagrant violation of a UN ban.
The communist state has said it will launch the rocket between Thursday and Monday, most likely between 2200 GMT and 0300 GMT, to mark Sunday’s centenary of the birth of its founding leader Kim Il-Sung.
His grandson Kim Jong-Un is now in charge of the poor but nuclear-armed country, where food shortages remain endemic, and has cemented his rule with a series of top titles including now chairman of the Central Military Commission.
North Korea says the rocket will place a satellite in orbit for peaceful research purposes, promoting the Kim dynasty’s goal for the isolated country to attain the rank of a “powerful and prosperous state” this year.
But Western critics see the launch as a thinly veiled ballistic missile test, banned by United Nations resolutions. The United States has suspended a deal agreed just in February to give food aid for North Korea.
North Korea is adamant its rocket launch does not amount to a banned intercontinental missile test and says it has every right to send the satellite up, as it promotes the untested leadership of Kim Jong-Un who is in his late 20s.
He was elected chairman of the Central Military Commission — which controls the 1.2-million-strong military — at a conference of the ruling communist party on Wednesday, the North’s official news agency said overnight.
Which American girl is going to be the first to seduce his Madgesty and hold him captive? lol!
Come on ladies! Who is getting first dibs! We don’t want to have to fight you for him!