North Korea has said it has successfully launched a rocket just before 10 a.m. Korea time, symbolically on the first anniversary of its new leader Kim Jong-Un coming to power. This presenter from the state-run television KRT spoke of its lift off. She said,
"The second version of satellite Kwangmyongsong-3 successfully lifted off from the Sohae Space Center in Cholsan County, North Pyongan Province by carrier rocket Unha-3 on December 12. The satellite entered its present orbit."
The rocket, which North Korea says put a weather satellite into orbit, is viewed by the United States, South Korea and Japan as a test of technology that could one day deliver a nuclear warhead capable of hitting targets as far as the continental United States. This footage shows South Koreans protesting over the rocket
Lee Myung-bak the South Korean President held an emergency meeting after the launch with Washington calling it "provocative action" and a breach of U.N. rules, while Japan's U.N. envoy called for a Security Council meeting. However, diplomats say further tough sanctions are unlikely to be agreed by the body as China, the North's only major ally, would oppose them.
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