North Korea’s satellite launch a big flop

April 13, 2012

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(AP/Lee Jin-man)
Protesters and North Korean defectors shout slogans against North Korea's Kim Jong-un during a rally denouncing North Korea's rocket launch in Seoul, South Korea.

After days of media hype and international anticipation, North Korea’s attempt to put a satellite in orbit was a flop. The rocket carrying the satellite exploded in midair about a minute after liftoff. The U.S. and other countries saw this as a test of the country’s long-range missile technology.  Earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the launch raised doubts about North Korea's claims that it wants improved ties with its neighbors. Bruce Cumings, author of The Korean War: A History and history professor at University of Chicago discusses the political implications of North Korea's actions.