Wednesday, 12 December 2012

North Korea Satellite Launch Condemned by U.S.

A screen shows a rocket being launched from a launch pad at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site, at North Korea's satellite control centre in Cholsan county, North Pyongan province, in this photo released by Kyodo December 12, 2012. North Korea 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 opponents. REUTERS-Kyodo


SEOUL/TOKYO | Wed Dec 12, 2012 1:38pm EST
 
(Reuters) - North Korea 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 opponents.

The rocket, which North Korea says put a weather satellite into orbit, has been labeled 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 away as the continental United States.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), a joint U.S.-Canadian military organization, said that the missile had "deployed an object that appeared to achieve orbit".

More - Link >>> http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/12/us-korea-north-rocket-idUSBRE8BB02K20121212 

Source: Reuters News Wire Service. 

Related Blog Post --

"N Korea Satellite: Conflicting Reports on Orbital Status" (2012 Dec. 13):
Link >>> http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/2012/12/n-korea-satellite-conflicting-reports.html

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