Is This America’s New Nuke Threat?

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Fresh off its successful rocket launch, a defiant North Korea released new images and control room footage of the feat which the U.S. and other nations have labeled a “provocative” act.

The rogue regime fired the long-range rocket into space Wednesday, defying international warnings and taking a major step forward in its quest to develop a nuclear missile. While the stated purpose was to put a weather satellite into orbit, the three-stage rocket’s deployment also demonstrates the nation’s ability to send a nuclear warhead as far as California, and raises the stakes in the international standoff over North Korea’s expanding atomic arsenal.

“The satellite has entered the planned orbit,” a North Korean television news reader announced, after which the station played patriotic songs with the lyrics “Chosun (Korea) does what it says.”

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) later confirmed that the nation had “deployed an object that appeared to achieve orbit.”

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