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Everything you need to know about North Korea's missile launch

Published: Friday, Dec. 14 2012 10:05 a.m. MST

North Korea successfully launching a space satellite Wednesday is the rare news event that’s instantly identifiable as significant — yet its significance is so open to interpretation that seemingly all major media outlets selected different angles for focusing their news coverage.

To provide readers with a well-rounded context for the geopolitical significance of North Korea’s actions, the Deseret News scoured the Internet to find nine nuanced stories about what happened earlier this week in Pyongyang — with each article offering a distinct focus.

Wall Street Journal: Rocket Launch Shows North Korea's Advance. "North Korea appears to have turned a corner in its goal of achieving mastery of ballistic missiles, U.S. officials and weapons experts said following its successful rocket launch Wednesday, adding to pressure on the Obama administration to contain Pyongyang's arsenal."

New York Times editorial: North Korea’s Latest Provocation. "Even though it cannot feed its people, North Korea has joined the ranks of countries with the money and expertise to build and launch a long-range rocket and put a satellite into space."

Los Angeles Times: North Korea leader's stock rises with rocket launch. "North Korea's Kim Jong Un is defying naysayers. The untested leader has proved to be shrewd and savvy, consolidating his grip on power and boosting his image."

CNN.com Security Clearance blog: The new diplomatic reality of North Korea's success. "North Korea's success in launching a satellite into orbit has put the Obama administration on unfamiliar ground, no longer able to dismiss North Korea's efforts as failure but loath to acknowledge its success."

The Atlantic: Why North Korea Can't Count on China's Patronage Forever. "Beijing's support for Pyongyang is at growing odds with its international responsibilities."

Associated Press: North Korea Years Away From Reliable Missiles. "After 14 years of painstaking labor, North Korea finally has a rocket that can put a satellite in orbit. But that doesn't mean the reclusive country is close to having an intercontinental ballistic missile."

Christian Science Monitor: Mysteries swirl around North Korea's satellite launch. "The U.S. believes North Korea's satellite is out of control, but the South Koreans insist that it is functioning normally."

Baltimore Sun editorial: North Korea's missile antics. "Our view: The country's young ruler, Kim Jong Un, reboots the threats and intimidation of his late father."

Washington Post WorldViews blog: North Korean state TV gets a little carried away in rocket-launch coverage. "How excited is North Korea’s official news agency about the country’s first-ever successful launch of a satellite into orbit? I don’t understand Korean, but the sheer elation in this (report) is impossible to miss."

Jamshid Ghazi Askar is a graduate of BYU's J. Reuben Clark Law School and member of the Utah State Bar. Contact him at jaskar@desnews.com or 801-236-6051.

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