Pentagon spokesman George Little said Friday’s launch of the Unha-3 rocket violates North Korea’s obligations under U.N. Security Council Resolutions 1718 and 1874, which ban long-range missile tests.
“So it’s not just about missiles, it’s about other things that they have and might do, and so it’s very important that we keep a close eye on what North Koreans are doing.”
He said the U.S. currently has no indication about why the rocket failed, adding that the U.S. was not responsible for the failure.
“I am unaware of any U.S. role whatsoever in bringing down the missile,” he said, adding that experts are studying what happened along the rocket’s trajectory.
The North Koreans’ “recent track record is not good, with respect to Taepodong-2 launches,” Mr. Little said, referring to the communist country’s previous long-range missile tests. “This is in our estimation their third failed attempt in a number of years.”
“They obviously have a ways to go with their capabilities, but we have to keep a close eye,” he said. “We have to be vigilant here.”
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Kristina Wong is a national security reporter for The Washington Times, covering defense, foreign policy and intelligence affairs. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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