December 12th, 2012
07:28 PM ET

Secretary Panetta says the US is still "assessing" North Korean rocket launch

Note: Erin Burnett is on assignment in Afghanistan tonight.

OutFront tonight: Not backing down.

Just as the world denounces North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket, the rogue government is rubbing it in by releasing new pictures of their control room during the launch.

North Korea's defiant move to launch a long-range rocket has the international community scrambling to respond. At emergency session this afternoon, the UN Security Council called Pyongyang's actions "a clear violation" of previous resolutions.

U.S. officials calling the move "highly provocative" and tell CNN they had expected a rocket launch from North Korea around December 17th, not last night. The U.S. is now threatening to impose sanctions against Pyongyang as well. FULL POST

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Panetta works on post-2014 Afghan troop plan, and comes OutFront with Erin Burnett
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - DECEMBER 12: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, second from right speaks before a dinner with commander at International Security Assistance Force headquarters on December 12, 2012 in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Defense Secretary is expected to meet with troops to thank them for their service. (Photo by Susan Walsh-Pool/Getty Images)
December 12th, 2012
05:13 PM ET

Panetta works on post-2014 Afghan troop plan, and comes OutFront with Erin Burnett

More than 20,000 American troops are set to leave Afghanistan by 2014. The Afghan war has left more than 2,000 Americans dead and 18,000 wounded. Was the mission accomplished? Was the sacrifice worth it?

CNN's Erin Burnett reports from LIVE from Kabul on the future of Afghanistan on Thursday, December 13th. Burnett sat down with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who is in Afghanistan meeting with American commanders on the U.S. troop presence in the country after 2014.

Pentagon, White House planning on post-2014 U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan

Panetta told reporters Wednesday that President Barack Obama will make a decision on how many troops will remain in Afghanistan after the American combat mission ends in the region.

Burnett talks Secretary Panetta about troop withdrawal in Afghanistan and whether the Afghans can protect themselves and what were the gains from the mission.

Tune to Erin Burnett OutFront at 7pm and 11pm ET on CNN, Thursday, December 13, 2012 for the interview with Secretary Leon Panetta.

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December 12th, 2012
04:07 PM ET

Panetta: North Korea rocket launch a "clear provocation"

One day after North Korea surprised the world by launching a rocket that officials in Pyongyang claim was carrying a peaceful satellite, Erin sat down with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in Kabul, Afghanistan and asked him about the United States' response to this development.

"We're still assessing just exactly what happened here, looking at each of the stages and determining whether or not it really was a success," Panetta said. "But the fact that they've launched this missile is a clear provocation. We warned them not to do it."

Panetta also added that the United States is continuing to build up its military presence in the region, a task that may have greater urgency after this launch.

"One of the reasons we're re-balancing in the Pacific is to deal with the threat from North Korea. And we will. We're prepared to do that and we'll respond if we have to," Panetta said.

Tune into OutFront TONIGHT AND TOMORROW at 7pm ET to catch the rest of Erin's exclusive one-on-one interview with Secretary Panetta

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