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North Korea Launches Rocket

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  • uploaded: Apr 5, 2009
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SEOUL, South Korea North Korea fired a rocket over Japan on Sunday, defying Washington, Tokyo and others who suspect the launch was cover for a test of its long-range missile technology. President Barack Obama warned the move would further isolate the communist nation.

Liftoff took place at 11:30 a.m. (0230 GMT) from the coastal Musudan-ri launch pad in northeastern North Korea, the South Korean and U.S. governments said. The multistage rocket hurtled toward the Pacific, reaching Japanese airspace within seven minutes, but no debris appeared to hit its territory, officials in Tokyo said.

Four hours after the launch, North Korea declared it a success. An experimental communications satellite reached outer space in just over nine minutes and is orbiting, the state-run Korean Central News Agency said in a dispatch from Pyongyang.

"The satellite is transmitting the melodies 'Song of Gen. Kim Il Sung' and 'Song of Gen. Kim Jong Il' as well as measurement data back to Earth," it said, referring to the country's late founder and his son, its current leader.



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  • Wolfbane7272#

    Wolfbane7272 August 8, 2009 9:17:45 AM CEST

    the way i look at it they are their own country and why should outside countries tell them what to do ..if its a satellite good for them they are obviously progressing if its a precursor to a act of war thats a different matter entirely. but havent we had enough countries being told from other countries what they are doing is wrong or at the very least not part of the majority .

  • Clawspiracy#

    Clawspiracy April 7, 2009 9:51:52 AM CEST

    There so many conflicting stories. They say they were successful, US agencies say they failed... Who is telling the truth and why spin this one?



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