Embarrassed by failed rocket crash, North Korea may try a nuclear test. According to Reuters, North Korea said its much hyped long-range rocket launch failed on Friday, in a very rare and embarrassing public admission of failure by the hermit state and a blow for its new young leader who faces international outrage over the attempt. The isolated North is now widely expected to press ahead with its third nuclear test to show its military strength. A senior South Korean defense ministry official said "The possibility of an additional long-range rocket launch or a nuclear test, as well as a military provocation to strengthen internal solidarity is very high."
Thousands of homes are flooded across Russia. According to the Russian International News Agency, spring floods have submerged 2,477 homes in Russia, up from 903 in the past 24 hours. A total of 5,223 residents have been affected and over 1,000 people, including 150 children, had to be evacuated.
Iran vows to never retreat on atomic development. According to the AFP, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday that Iran "will not retreat an iota" from its nuclear rights. He said, "The Iranian nation is standing firm on its fundamental rights and under the harshest pressure will not retreat an iota from its undeniable right. On behalf of the Iranian nation, I advise the enemies and the arrogance (the United States) to change their behaviour towards our nation, and they should know that the Iranians are standing firm in defending their rights."
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