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Obama: NKorea not good at rocket launches

2012-04-14 10:38

Washington - President Barack Obama says North Korea's failed rocket launch shows the country is wasting money on rockets that "don't work" while its people starve.

Obama told a television interviewer that the North Koreans have "been trying to launch missiles like this for over a decade now, and they don't seem to be real good at it."

Still, he called the failed launch on Friday an area of deep concern for the United States. He says in an interview with the Spanish-language TV network "Telemundo" that the US will work with other nations to "further isolate" North Korea.

The launch violates two UN Security Council resolutions, and the US says it will kill a plan to give food aid to North Korea.

Comments
  • Kyle - 2012-04-14 11:07

    obama is boss. His rocket will launch. Nkoreans just got obamafied!

      Sean - 2012-04-14 11:25

      the rocket man.

  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-14 11:09

    Kim iLL Bomb needs to stop the rocketeering and feed the nation of North Korea. These dictators who squander state funds in pursuit of their military egos, are all PATHETIC !!!

      atjosi - 2012-04-14 15:59

      PATHETIC is USA.... they shud stop robbing muslims of their oil

      atjosi - 2012-04-14 15:59

      PATHETIC is USA.... they shud stop robbing muslims of their oil

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-04-14 11:16

    Obama, mind your own business first. Your country sees non-white members of the USA 10 times more likely to be in jail, as a result of poverty... put your money to good use first before trying to be the world's police force.

      michael.a.devilliers - 2012-04-14 11:47

      Excellent job of turning an article on a world issue into a race issue...

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-14 11:50

      One thing for sure, even if your comment has nothing to do with the article, as long as it is Anti Western, yiou will ALWAYS get a few "thumbs up' Well done !!!

      goyougoodthing - 2012-04-14 12:53

      No Michael you tool, I didn't make it 'about' race I was indicating that he must clean his own country up first.

      Pierre - 2012-04-14 14:31

      The US military budget is the largest of any other country and more than 3 times that of the 2de placed country (which is China); or alternatively larger than (from 3de) the next twenty military budgets combined. (check wikipedia - Military_budget_of_the_United_States) This is at the time when in recent years many Americans were/are unemployed and many people lost their houses in bank foreclosures. This is a serious case of the pot calling the kettle black.

  • paul.maarman - 2012-04-14 11:18

    shame, guess the scientist involved are on their way to some labour camp...

      Enaud - 2012-04-14 11:45

      Lets face facts - they aren't exactly rocket scientists. Wonder if the rocket ran out of coal

  • ndumiso.mncwango - 2012-04-14 11:23

    It's not as if everyone in america is rich, there are lots of people who are starving, but america spends billions on such things like trips to mars.

      wesleywt - 2012-04-14 12:45

      Poverty in America means you have a car, a fridge a house and aircon. Obesity is the highest in low income areas in America due to the MacDiet. They are not starving.

      Ricky - 2012-04-14 15:19

      I prefer Star-Trek to beggars irritating me everywhere

  • ndumiso.mncwango - 2012-04-14 11:26

    His concern has nothing to do with starving people if he says he has plans to stop food aid.

      Sekalf - 2012-04-14 11:28

      there is a bigger picture!

      Adil Smit - 2012-04-14 11:36

      Exactly. He says people there are starving and then rightafterwards that they don't want food to be sent to North Korea.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-14 11:39

      ndumiso - I hear you !!! these people who keep on talking about the poor and the starving and wanting economic freedom, they never care about the poor, it's all about themselves. Remember that !!!

      michael.a.devilliers - 2012-04-14 11:48

      Shouldn't NK care about their own starving people? Or are they like most of Africa asking for food aid handouts while the people in power squander money, export it abroad etc.

      Ricky - 2012-04-14 15:24

      It's not America's job to feed the starving masses in the world.Yet they do it out of the goodwill that your average american has.N-Korea should be able to feed itself,as should africa.Vast open tracts of land,just bushveld.Nobody smiles when a beggar knocks on the door,especially if they have a nuke attached to their hip.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-04-14 11:28

    the problem with Kim Ill Goon and his clonies is they read too many pop psychology books and do not see this as a failure but merely as a new challenge/opportunity

      Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-04-14 12:40

      How many rockets have been successfuly launched by N Korea?

  • Guy - 2012-04-14 11:49

    Says the man whose country's entire space programme was built by Werner von Braun, the captured Nazi engineer responsible for the V2 rocket.

  • Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-04-14 12:43

    Obama is saying these just because the launch was not successful,how many of these launches have been successful.I would have listened to him if he had these before the launch

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-14 13:37

      Tankiso, they've had 'successful' launches previously. Go Google it. Also, North Korea is a hard regime, the people under that regime are suffering. They 'leaders' should be using money to help the nation, not try be the biggest rocket launcher in the world. No one's fighting with North Korea, so why they wasting the country's money on weapons?

  • Mewik - 2012-04-14 14:35

    I somehow get the idea that N Korea doesn't really care what this muppet has to say for himself. They have China on their side so in time they will be on the winning side regardless of Obama's views. America should just stick to doing what it does best, which is plundering defenceless arab nations in the name of world peace. They wouldn't dare to set foot in East Asia again, they learnt that lesson in Vietnam many years ago, so I suppose all he really can do is flap his mouth to random Spanish news sources in some attempt to convince the west that everything is still under America's control.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-14 14:53

      NK has China on its side??? Since when??? It is only the ones who enjoy silly conspiracy stories, or those blinded with their silly anti Western propaganda, who ,believe, that NK and Iran are up against the West, In fact they are up ; Against the World !!

      Mewik - 2012-04-14 18:36

      Use Google a bit: Jan. 17 (Bloomberg) -- North Korea’s trade expanded more than 20 percent in 2010 to $6.1 billion on growing business with China even as the economy shrank for a second year, South Korea’s national statistics office said. China trades freely with North Korea, have done for years and years.\r\n\r\nJust for the record China currently has and always has had the most powerful military on earth. They just choose not to flex it all over the place. This is a fact and dates back to times BC, if you doubt me then do a bit of research. Yes I know you won't believe me because we weren't taught it in school and because skynews and cnn told us differently. I mean just have a think about all we were taught with regards to who explored what and who invented what.....sadly we were lied to because China did it all long before we think it happened. Printing, paper, monetary systems, gun powder etc etc etc. They aren't a stupid nation and a nation with such intellect doesn't just become brain-dead overnight.\r\n\r\nWhere Iran comes into it I'm not exactly sure but have you met any Iranians? Not stupid people either last time I checked.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-14 20:50

      This comment is not normal !!!!!!, What the heck is wrong with you ??

      Adil Smit - 2012-04-14 21:50

      You are right about China being an ancient civilization but they have definitely lost their souls - ? Due to communism?

      Mewik - 2012-04-15 00:01

      Agreed they have lost their souls, but that is subject to opinion and depends on which side of the fence one sits. To them we have lost ours so who are we to judge. Anthony really do yourself a favour and do some research into world history. I'm not just churning out random nonsense/anti western propaganda or whatever you see it as. I don't troll conspiracy forums, or watch nut job documentaries, I just do my homework and form my own opinions so no I'm not like Mel Gibson or anything and can assure you I am pretty normal.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-15 00:15

      Ok Mewik, its ok, sorry I said this to you, I am sorry !! I promise I will study world history. I will tell Mell , when I see him.

  • tshivhombelaf - 2012-04-14 15:56

    And you are? Go to the American Encyclopaedia and you would see how many Americans died in this expedition.

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