Tokyo: Two months ago, an Iranian rocket roared off a military launch pad and placed an Earth observation satellite into orbit. The US grumbled about possible missile applications, but that was pretty much it.
Now, North Korea is preparing to launch a rocket to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birthday of its founder, and it too is telling the world that its goal is to get a satellite into orbit.
But the international condemnation is much louder over the satellite launch North Korea plans this month, with the US promising to scrap a food aid deal if the rocket is launched.
Though the international community is concerned about both countries` satellite launches, Pyongyang`s efforts are seen as a greater threat, in part because it already is believed to be capable of producing nuclear weapons.