Recently, North Korea announced that it is willing to abandon it’s nuclear program in exchange for food aid. The people of North Korea have been starving for years, literally. Cities have been evacuated into the countryside so that people can try to scratch out some sustenance from the soil. The only thing that has kept the people from holding food riots is the million-man, well-fed army.
But, North Korea has enough money to launch a rocket with a satellite on top. They want their very own observation satellite, and there’s no point asking how many pounds of rice that rocket and satellite would have bought and how many people that would have fed.
The North Korean government has informed the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Maritime Organization and the International Telecommunication Union of their plans to launch in April. They have in turn been informed that such a launch will violate the ban on nuclear and missile testing. Even China has expressed their concern, which is understandable. If the rocket goes off course, it has a good chance of hitting China, as well as Japan and Russia.