In the news - North Korean rocket launch

The release of a long-range rocket last Friday should have marked the 100th anniversary of Kim II Sung’s (North Korea’s founder) birth.

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North Korean rocket launch

A failed missile launch in North Korea has been heavily criticised by many world powers for wasting money and for displaying state paranoia over the improvement of international relations. The release of a long-range rocket last Friday was made as part of the national celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of North Korean founder Kim II Sung. Try these resources on nuclear testing and communism to structure your own class debate.

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