When North Korea ignored U.N. resolutions and launched a rocket this past weekend, it drew worldwide denunciation. Prominently missing from the voices of condemnation was China.
Senior U.S., Japanese and South Korean defense officials met by teleconference on Tuesday to discuss the ramifications of North Korea’s suspected missile test disguised as a satellite launch.
The U.S., Japan and South Korea all view the launch as a forbidden test of an intercontinental missile that improves North Korea’s ability to deliver a nuclear bomb.
The North Koreans actually moved up the rocket launch so that it coincided with Chinese New Year’s Eve. And you can be sure that was not the kind of fireworks that the Chinese were expecting.