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March 27, 2012 11:00 pm

North Korea Ignores President Obama on Rocket Launch

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (center).

CS Monitor – President Obama’s warnings of dire “consequences” if North Korea fires a long-range rocket next month encountered a quick and firm rebuff today from Pyongyang that underscored the North’s determination to keep up its nuclear and missile programs in the face of widespread international condemnation.

As Obama flew home tonight after three days of intense talking about a range of nuclear issues at a conference of leaders of more than 50 countries, the sense among analysts here was that he had made little if any headway in tamping down North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.

A North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman, in a lengthy defense of the North’s insistence on going through with the plan to fire the rocket, stressed that the reason is to put a satellite into orbit.

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