Korea Rocket Never Made Orbit
More evidence that 'satellite' rocket was missile test
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Apr 5, 2009 7:58 AM CDT
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il poses with North Korean officials in this undated photo.   (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)
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(Newser) – North Korea's launch early this morning of what officials said was a satellite rocket never made orbit, despite the nation's claims to the contrary, according to US and South Korean officials. The finding was further evidence that the launch was a ballistic missile test disguised as part of a space program. “No object entered orbit,” said the US Northern Command. “Stage one of the missile fell into the Sea of Japan/East Sea."

"The remaining stages along with the payload itself landed in the Pacific Ocean.” US officials found the launch was “not a threat to North America or Hawaii” and “took no action in response.” Speaking in Prague, President Obama slammed North Korea’s move, saying it “broke the rules once more by testing a rocket that could be used for a long-range missile.” Leaders are meeting today to discuss the rocket in an emergency session of the UN Security Council.