04/13/2012 09:52 EDT | Updated 06/13/2012 05:12 EDT

Baird calls North Korea missile test reckless, provocative

OTTAWA - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is condemning North Korea's rocket test as reckless and provocative.

The minister says the country shouldn't be squandering its resources on missiles while its people are starving.

He says the failed test will further isolate what he calls a rogue regime.

Canada is gravely concerned about North Korea's missile and nuclear programs.

Baird says he wants to see North Korea comply with both the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and its agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The missile failed shortly after launch and crashed in pieces into the sea.

Baird said the test shows that the North Korean regime is ignoring the plight of its people.

"It ignores not only international will but also the basic needs of the North Korean people," he said.

"While the average North Korean starves and struggles, the country's rulers squander scarce internal resources and external goodwill."