North Korea Rocket Launch a Success
Pyongyang defies warnings to launch long-range rocket
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 11, 2012 7:58 PM CST
Updated Dec 12, 2012 2:29 AM CST
South Korean protesters hold a rally in Seoul denouncing North Korea's rocket launch.   (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

(Newser) – So much for that delay. North Korea successfully fired a long-range rocket today, defying international warnings as the regime of Kim Jong Un took a giant step forward in its quest to develop the technology to deliver a nuclear warhead. The United States, South Korea, and Japan quickly condemned the morning launch, which came as something of a surprise after Pyongyang had indicated technical problems might delay it. That it succeeded after several failed attempts was an even greater surprise.

About two hours after the launch, North Korea's state media proclaimed it a success, prompting celebrations in Pyongyang. NORAD later confirmed that North Korea did appear to have put an object into space. The regime's stated purpose for firing its long-range Unha-3 rocket was to put a peaceful satellite into orbit, but the United Nations, as well as the US and its allies, see it as cover for a test of technology for missiles. The launch, which comes just days before South Korea's presidential election, is likely to bring fresh sanctions on the North,

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Dec 14, 2012 10:46 AM CST
Glad they have, they have their own agenda just like Americans. These countries only refute so these countries don't get ahead. Otherwise they're as 'innocent'
Dec 12, 2012 1:50 PM CST
nice shot guys! hey potus quick send them more money and other aid so they can build the next one! FUBO!
Dec 12, 2012 9:42 AM CST
THE TRUTH --- Kim Jong Un has more to fear from the US, than any American has to fear him. --- Obama, the "king" of all assassins would assassinate him using drones, missiles and bombs, or US Navy Seals, if he could. --- WHY can't North Korea have nuclear rockets to defend itself against NATO aggression? --- IF Qaddafi had the Atom bomb with a delivery system, he'd be alive today. --- Every country (Syria and Iran) who is not allied with NATO should get the "bomb" to defend themselves against NATO aggression. -------- REALLY