North Korean Behavior Clap in the Face for China: US

  • North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket triggered a fresh round of condemnations from the international community and the Sunday launch was also seen as another slap in the face of its important ally, China.
  • The launch viewed as a covert ballistic missile test that advances North Korea's development of delivery vehicles capable of carrying nuclear warheads, came days after China's chief nuclear envoy, Wu Dawei, visited Pyongyang.