Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Anger As North Korea Launches Missile

North Korea has test-fired at least six missiles into the Sea of Japan, prompting strong protests from several countries. One of the missiles was the long-range Taepodong 2 capable of hitting US soil, But that one failed shortly after take-off. The US says it is urgently consulting the UN Security Council.The White House said the country had further isolated itself from the international community with the tests. The launch was described as a "provocative act", by the US ambassador to Japan. South Korea has called an emergency cabinet meeting, and Japan says the launch of the missiles is a grave move for peace. Japan has said it will consider economic sanctions against North Korea and wants to take the country to the UN Security Council.