North Korea praises launch as diplomatic moves stumble

North Korea's state media claimed Tuesday that a rocket launch seen overseas largely as a technical failure will propel the country to greatness, while moves at the United Nations to punish Pyongyang remained mired in a lack of consensus. The communist country's main Rodong Sinmun newspaper, however, said the event heralded victory for its plan to become a powerful nation by 2012, the 100th anniversary of the birth of national founder Kim Il Sung. The successful launch is "a historic event that sounded the cannon's roar of victory in building a 'great prosperous powerful nation,'" the newspaper said in a lengthy editorial carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency. "We should rush for the ultimate victory," the paper quoted North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, the son of Kim Il Sung, as saying.