December 12, 2012 - The object that North Korea
sent into space early Thursday
appears to be â€śtumbling out of controlâ€ť as it orbits the earth, U.S. officials
told NBC News.
The officials said that it is indeed some kind of space vehicle but they still havenâ€™t been able to determine exactly what the satellite is supposed to do.
In a statement, the White House said the rocket launch was a highly provocative act that threatens regional security and violates U.N. resolutions.
The United Nations Security Council
on Thursday condemned the launch, calling it a "clear violation" of U.N. resolutions. A spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
said he "deplores" the launch.North Korea
is banned from conducting missile and nuclear tests, under the terms of U.N. sanctions imposed after a series of nuclear weapons tests in 2006 and 2009.
There was anger, dismay and some surprise as North Korea launched a rocket in defiance of its critics abroad. NBC's Ian Williams reports from Beijing.
By Jim Miklaszewski and Alan Boyle, NBC News
The object that North Korea sent into space early Thursday appears to be "tumbling out of control" as it orbits the earth, U.S. officials told NBC News.