March 27th, 2012
02:20 AM ET

North Korea refuses to halt launch plan despite Obama's warnings

North Korea said Tuesday that it would not abandon its plan to carry out a satellite launch next month despite recent warnings from President Barack Obama over the move.

The North "will not give up the satellite launch for peaceful purposes, which is a legitimate right of a sovereign state and requirement essential for economic development," Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency reported, citing the country's Foreign Ministry.

Obama said Sunday that if North Korea moves forward with the launch - which the United States, South Korea and others say is a way of disguising a long-range missile test - it will further deepen its isolation, damage relations with its neighbors and face additional sanctions that have already strangled the country.

The North Korean report Tuesday said that Obama's stance "reflects his wrong conception" of the situation.

"The U.S. says that it has no hostility" toward North Korea, the news agency cited the ministry as saying. "But it has not yet departed from the inveterate conception of confrontation. That is why it regards the launch of a satellite for peaceful purposes as a launch of long-range missile."

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  1. ♔Mmmmm♕

    drone the launch pad or try out that starwars laser...

    March 27, 2012 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. Superman

    @@@mmmmmmm, space the final frontier! Maybe they are looking for romulins,or perhaps, some klingons

    March 27, 2012 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. Superman/climber

    Maybe they are looking for romulins or klingons,,,,, space the final frontier

    March 27, 2012 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. Superman/climber

    Sorry first post was not there

    March 27, 2012 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. hamsta

    Thats because bush is no longer here to kick their a$$.

    March 27, 2012 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
    • dazzle©

      Another bombastic remark @hamsta.

      March 27, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      You have got to be the most misinformed person alive, although if GWB is your hero, it's not hard to understand why.

      March 27, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |

    Let them have their satellite launch. At the same time, let us practice our intergalactic skeet shooting! PULL!

    March 27, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. ? ? ?

    aww gee your back hamsta? thought we had finally seen the last of you! darn it!

    March 27, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. Greek American

    Hahahaha @hamsta. Really? Where was your uncle Georgie when NK was making him their b#*ch for 8 years because uncle GWB and Dicky Cheney were too scared of NK's 2nd largest military. Oh that's right, they were planning their useless occupation of Iraq, which they couldn't even get that right. GWB is mostly to blame for how NK is today.

    March 27, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    @ Greek American
    Right on mark.
    It was not on President Obama's watch that N.Korea acquired its military capabilities or the nuclear ambitions.

    March 27, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. Greek American

    Thanks and that's actually how I feel, not to say that I wouldve supported attacking them or anything but GWB couldve tried to use a better foreign policy overall. Oh well, you think hamsta will agree with us? Hahahahaha. Hope you have a good day.

    March 27, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  11. BOMBO ©

    Take a look at the picture. Those are the 5 happiest people in NK.

    March 27, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle©

      @Bombo- LOL- my thoughts exactly especially the old guy on the right. They do look well fed unlike the people that are starving in NK.

      March 27, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |


    March 27, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. High Hopes

    Doesn't it seem odd that during a time when the U.S. and the U.N. are trying to alleviate the nuclear threat that threatens man's extinction, all these communist countries are standing in our way to make progress, or belittle our efforts?

    I'd say drop a bomb on their missile, but it's probably 'Made in China' and they might be offended.



    Stop supporting the things they support with profits derieved from their cheap, inferior products they use slave labor to produce.

    March 27, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |