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) NORAD acknowledges missile launch
NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs
December 11, 2012
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - North American Aerospace Defense Command officials acknowledged today that U.S. missile warning systems detected and tracked the launch of a North Korean missile at 7:49 p.m. EST. The missile was tracked on a southerly azimuth. Initial indications are that the first stage fell into the Yellow Sea. The second stage was assessed to fall into the Philippine Sea. Initial indications are that the missile deployed an object that appeared to achieve orbit. At no time was the missile or the resultant debris a threat to North America.
) The international community has strongly criticised North Korea after Pyongyang launched a long-range rocket test that it claimed had succeeded in sending a satellite into orbit.
) Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda speaks to media after a meeting of the security council of Japan at his official residence in Tokyo Dec 12, 2012. DPRK successfully launched a rocket on Wednesday, boosting the credentials of its new leader and stepping up the threat the isolated and impoverished state poses to its opponents. The rocket, which DPRK says was designed to put a weather satellite into orbit, has been labelled by the United States, ROK and Japan as a test of technology that could one day deliver a nuclear warhead capable of hitting targets as far as the continental the United States.
) Dec 12 (Reuters) - North Korea said it successfully launched a rocket carrying a satellite on Wednesday, putting it in orbit as planned.
The North's official KCNA news agency said the rocket was fired from its west coast satellite launch site.