April 12th, 2012
09:12 PM ET

White House: North Korea is wasting its money

White House statement on North Korea's launch attempt:

Despite the failure of its attempted missile launch, North Korea’s provocative action threatens regional security, violates international law and contravenes its own recent commitments. While this action is not surprising given North Korea’s pattern of aggressive behavior, any missile activity by North Korea is of concern to the international community. The United States remains vigilant in the face of North Korean provocations, and is fully committed to the security our allies in the region.

The President has been clear that he is prepared to engage constructively with North Korea. However, he has also insisted that North Korea live up to its own commitments, adhere to its international obligations and deal peacefully with its neighbors.

North Korea is only further isolating itself by engaging in provocative acts, and is wasting its money on weapons and propaganda displays while the North Korean people go hungry. North Korea's long-standing development of missiles and pursuit of nuclear weapons have not brought it security – and never will. North Korea will only show strength and find security by abiding by international law, living up to its obligations, and by working to feed its citizens, to educate its children, and to win the trust of its neighbors.

NORAD and USNORTHCOM statement

North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command officials acknowledged today that U.S. systems detected and tracked a launch of the North Korean Taepo Dong-2 missile at 6:39 p.m. EDT. The missile was tracked on a southerly launch over the Yellow Sea.

Initial indications are that the first stage of the missile fell into the sea 165 km west of Seoul, South Korea. The remaining stages were assessed to have failed and no debris fell on land. At no time were the missile or the resultant debris a threat.


Filed under: Asia • Military • North Korea • Obama
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  4. Pfc. Lacey

    One less thing I have to worry about when I go to Afghanistan lol. Let 'em keep wasting their money

    April 26, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Reply
  5. Jo

    Wow! not only does everyone posting on this site have terrible Grammar, and speech problem's. They have absolutely no idea what is going on here. While the bigshots in the North Korean government dine on steak and lobster their people have nothing to eat. They did have food, when we were providing it, but N Korea decided they want missiles and a Nuclear Bomb more than they want to feed their people. They have decided to spend all of their money on Nuclear weapons. A lot of good it will do them. They send just one of those bombs our way or any other way and just 3 of our high yield Nuclear weapons will turn their country to glass. Good luck on those nukes dipshits. Feed your people.

    April 16, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Reply
  6. Hello

    If they have money and resources to build rockets etc, then they should enough money to build farm machinery and make farms...not weapons... no more food to them....

    gee the OUR government recognized the money waste after 60 yrs.... amazing.. I bet it will take the 100 yrs to realize they just a bunch of money wasters too...

    There is no accountability for government waste.... starting from the the top down.. Mrs O needs to be put on a tight no spend budget... if she wants it.. BO needs to pay for it not US!!

    April 13, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Reply
    • who cares

      The big communist U.S.A.Ha you americans are a joke.

      April 14, 2012 at 12:24 am | Reply
  7. MIke Muthart

    Said the pot to the kettle.

    April 13, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Reply
  8. mark

    tomg you,re a asshole.

    April 13, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  9. blah999

    So many crazies commenting on this. Did everyone forget to take their medication today?

    April 13, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Reply
  10. Bubba Gump

    That's good! Let North Korea continue to waste their money on missiles while we waste ours feeding them! Makes a lot of sense, doesn't it!! Let's also understand that we're wasting our time and brains!!

    April 13, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Reply
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    We did it in 1776, it's time to do it again.
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    April 13, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Reply
  12. TOMG

    FUCK UP HUMAN WASTE SHIT AND HUMAN URINE IN THIS CIVILIZATION WORLD ARE A BIG WASTE FOR MANKIND AND WOMANKIND KARMA HELL WORLD , AMEN

    April 13, 2012 at 10:34 am | Reply
    • Mr. Kim

      TOMG... You have issues as big as the leadership of N. Korea

      April 13, 2012 at 10:50 am | Reply
  13. TOMG

    WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT OF LIFE FORM IN THE FIRST PLACE ARE THE BALANCING BREATHING OF THE INHALING THE FRESH AIR AND EXHALING THE TOXIC AIR IN THIS KARMA HUMAN WASTE SHIT AND HUMAN URINE IN THIS DAILY KARMA LIFE FORM IN THE FIRST PLACE ,AMEN

    April 13, 2012 at 10:32 am | Reply
  14. TOMG

    HUMAN FORM ARE GETTING MORE STUPID AND EVILER AND DEVILER THAN EVER BEFORE THAT WANT TO WIPE OUT ALL THE HUMAN RACE IN THIS HELL AND HEAVENLY KARMA PLACE THE STONEAGE STARTED THE KARMA WORLD , AMEN

    April 13, 2012 at 10:30 am | Reply
  15. TOMG

    HOW LONG IT TOOK TO GROW A MEAL TOBE EAT ON AND DIGEST INTO ONE STOMACH AND COMPARE TO HOW LONG IT TOOK TO DESTROY THIS KARMA HUMAN ANIMAL MIND NOW DAILY LIFE , AMEN

    April 13, 2012 at 10:28 am | Reply
  16. TOMG

    U.S.A. AND RUSSIA AND CHINA ARE ENOUGH HEADACHE FOR THE HYDROGEN BOMB ALREADY , JUST ONE PRESS OF A BUTTON WE ALL GONE , WE ALL WELL WIPE OUT OUR GOD CREATION ON THIS STUPID KARMA HUMAN FORM WORLD THAT ARE NOW FULL OF THE HUMAN WASTE SHIT AND HUMAN URINE TO SMELL ON THE ANIMAL HUMAN MIND FORM DAILY BASIC , AMEN

    April 13, 2012 at 10:26 am | Reply
    • rob2tall

      TOMG-
      Your comments slipped by the moderators-please take a few chill pills-quit ranting about things you can't spell or
      have any serious thoughts about.If you cant express yourself without slang-keep your fingers elsewhere

      April 14, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Reply
    • Jo

      Tom G. Wow! Really? I'm almost positive that anyone who has read your post is saying. WTF is this retard talking about? Not only can you not spell, it seems as if you can't put more than 2 words together, much less a full sentence. I am not only sure I will receive a response from you saying f-you or something else retarded. I am positive of it. I could stare at your post for day's and still not understand wtf you are talking about. Get off of your parents computer or at least learn to spell and put together a full legitimate sentence. Oh and your caps lock is on.... retard lmao

      April 16, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Reply
  17. TOMG

    NORTH KOREA DHOULD LOVE FOOD MORE THAN JUST BUILDED THE OUT DATED MISSILE FOR THE FIRE WORK , AMEN

    April 13, 2012 at 10:23 am | Reply
  18. TOMG

    YES THAT IS THE TRUE A WASTE OF MONEY AND A WASTE OF THE HUMAN WASTE SHIT AND HUMAN URINE , HUMAN STOMACH ORGAN CAN NOT DIGEST THE METAL MATERIAL OR THE WEAPON INTO THEIR STOMACH TO DIGEST , AMEN

    April 13, 2012 at 10:22 am | Reply
  19. busted junk is better than wasted lives

    the NK ICBM is a FAILURE , GOOD , ,,,,,,,, BUT THE OBAMA CAMP SHOULD CONSIDER THE WASTE IN AFGHANISTAN , THAT IS COSTING LIVES AND BILLIONS

    April 12, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Reply
    • asdex

      yea i know right

      April 12, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Reply
  20. Samuel S Larangeira

    North Korean claims they need to place a weather satellite into space. Well, if the purpose is to really put a satellite into orbit for pacific reasons as they claim, wouldn´t it be cheaper and more reasonable in this military turmoil to hire a private agency to launch this satellite, as many other countries do?? What North Korean officials say about that?

    April 12, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Reply
    • Ms. Scott

      why would you even say that you are going to give them a idea like that. we all know its for better missile shooting etc....hell no don't let they ass do shit! THEY HAVE TO SHOW GOOD BEHAVIOR FOR 50 YEARS!

      April 13, 2012 at 12:39 am | Reply

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