North Korea successfully launched a rocket this Wednesday (12/12). Several countries condemned the test.
Earlier this year (April), the country tried to launch another rocket but due to a technical failure, the test was a disaster. At the time, the UN addressed the issue and spoke against it, asking North Korea to not try to launch another rocket. Now, it seems that North Korea finally achieved what it had been up to.
North Korea has been asking for the nuclear force status, which has been denied (actually, this launch violates two resolutions regarding nuclear matters). Although the country claims that these tests are not intended to be for nuclear or ballistic purposes, the fact is that this launch brought major concerns for various countries, mostly Asiatic ones: Japan said it was intolerable, South Korea said it was a provocation and Russia condemned the act.
So, is this launch such a big thing as several countries think? It can be. The country is known for not having the best of relations with other states (and now proved that can reach them with a missile). But this doesn’t mean that North Korea is going to attack them. I think that they are trying to say something like “hey, I have nuclear stuff, now you can’t touch me”.
In conclusion, it is a provocation. Who has the better horse wins the race.