March 19th, 2012
03:04 PM ET

Gordon Chang on North Korea's plans for missile launch: "we need new tactics"

The North Korean government announced Friday it plans to blast a satellite into orbit in the coming weeks in honor of the late President Kim il Sung's 100th birthday. The international community is condemning the announcement from the untested new leader of the country, Kim Jong Un, who is only in his late 20's and suddenly in charge of one of the largest militaries in the world. The United States said the launch would be a deal-breaker for the food-aid agreement the countries struck just two weeks ago.

"Frankly, if they were to go forward with this launch, it would be hard to imagine how we would be able to move forward with a regime whose word we have no confidence in and who has egregiously violated its international commitments," said Victoria Nuland, State Department spokesperson.


North Korea had promised to dial back its nuclear weapons program in exchange for desperately needed food from the U.S.  But, frankly, no one really took that seriously.

CNN's Erin Burnett talks to Gordon Chang, an expert on North Korea's politics and military. He's the author of "Nuclear Showdown: North Korea takes on the world".

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