North Korea's failed rocket launch triggers indifference in Seoul

Friday, April 13, 2012 - 11:02 in Astronomy & Space

Pyongyang's $850m damp squib generates nonchalance on streets of South Korean capital and threats of sanctions beyondNorth Korea's doomed rocket may have flown within 100km (62 miles) of their country's coast, but residents of Seoul reacted with a collective shrug of the shoulders to the news that their neighbour had again defied international opinion and triggered talk of more instability on the Korean peninsula.The air of nonchalance on the street of the South Korean capital could be put done to the warm spring weather, or political fatigue following Wednesday's parliamentary elections.Kim Min Ji, a 27-year-old teacher, said she had barely thought about the rocket launch, let alone a malfunction that could have sent the rocket veering from its flight path."But North Korea did demonstrate its power in a way," she said, "So I think the world should follow the US lead in cancelling food aid and take strong measures."If North...

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