North Korea says any United Nations condemnation of its recent missile launch
will compel it to retaliate. Some supporters of Pyongyang in Japan say that
could mean an end to talks on halting North Korea's nuclear programs.
North Korea says
the video shows its launch of a rocket carrying a communications satellite into
The United States says the launch was a failure - the rocket and
its payload crashed into the Pacific Ocean.
Washington and Tokyo are
pressing the United Nations Security Council to condemn the launch, a move that
could extend existing sanctions on Pyongyang.
In New York, North Korea's
U.N. ambassador, Pak Tok Hun, says his nation is exercising its right to explore
"And if the Security Council, they take any kind of steps
whatever, we will consider this infringes upon the sovereignty of our country
and next option will be ours," he said.
Pak did not say what any future
steps might be.
But in Tokyo, a pro-Pyongyang organization called
Chongryon, the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, lays out one
Chongryon's members are ethnic Koreans whose families
were brought to Japan as workers early in the last century.
Woo, Chongryon's deputy director of international affairs, says he is 100
percent sure that the U.N. will not adopt a new resolution, but if it does,
Pyongyang could officially call an end to the six-party talks.
talks, South Korea, the United States, China, Japan and Russia are trying to
persuade North Korea to relinquish is nuclear weapons program in return for
economic aid and diplomatic relations. The talks have been deadlocked since
But some analysts say Sunday's rocket launch could get the
talks back on track.
Mark Caprio, who teaches Korean studies at Rikkyo
University in Tokyo, says that if history serves as any guide, the launch could
revive the stalled negotiations, as happened in 2006 after North Korea tested a
"This is how it's worked in the past, if North Korea is
using this to gain a foothold into engagement, then they have the pass to go on,
it's worked very successfully for them in the past," he said.
to ensure the nuclear negotiations resume, it would help if President Obama
initiated direct talks with Pyongyang, in addition to the six-party meetings.