U.S. hesitant in condemning North Korean launch

A screen at the General Satellite Control and Command Center shows the moment North Korea's Unha-3 rocket is launched in Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. North Korea successfully fired a long-range rocket on Wednesday, defying international warnings as the regime of Kim Jong Un took a big step forward in its quest to develop a nuclear missile. (AP Photo)Raising the rhetoric can serve as an attention-getting reward for a government that starves its own citizens while attempting to leverage any military advance it makes into much-needed aid.

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