US will not aid North Korea because of missile launch

The United States has decided to not go on with their food aid deal with North Korea, after they launched a rocket.

WRITTEN BY: Jalesa Hall
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Missile launch

The United States has decided to revoke their proposed food aid deal with North Korea because of their attempt to launch a rocket into orbit, according to MSNBC.

Administration officials announced that the deal with Pyongyang was off soon after the rocket was launched.

A White House official told reporters, “We are not going forward with any agreement to provide them with assistance.”

The rocket failed shortly after launch and crashed into a sea off the coast of South Korea.

The G-8 group of countries disapproved of North Korea’s actions and one Republican said that a failed test from the country could help North Korea develop “technology capable of delivering a nuclear weapon that can threaten American cities tomorrow.”

This is the fourth time that North Korea has attempted this launch, according to NBC News.

The G-8, which is made up of the United States, Canada, Japan, Russia, the U.K., Germany, France and Italy, are considering the assistance of the United Nations.
They released a statement saying, “We, the G-8 Foreign Ministers, condemn the launch by the Democratic People’s Republican of Korea (DPRK), which is a violation of U.N. Security Council Resolutions 1695, 1718, and 1874.”

Continuing on, the statement said, “Sharing the view that the launch undermines regional peace and stability, we call on the DPRK to abstain from further launches using ballistic missile technology or other actions which aggravate the situation on the Korean Peninsula.”

The G-8 foreign ministers further wrote that they were “ready to consider, with others, taking measures responding to all activities of the DPRK that violate U.N. Security Council Resolutions.”

U.S. Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl said that this missile launch was a blatant action undertaken by the regime in Pyongyang. He said that the North Korean regime had showed a “complete disregard for international sanctions and its proclivity for worthless commitments.”

The official North Korean news agency reported that scientists and engineers are trying to discover the cause of the failure.

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