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North Korea ‘has launched rocket’

Posted in Uncategorized by malaysiasms on April 5, 2009

 BBC NEWS

breaking news

North Korea appears to have launched a rocket, despite international appeals not to go ahead.

Officials from Japan, South Korea and the US confirmed lift-off at 0230 GMT. The rocket appeared to have passed over Japan, Tokyo said.

North Korea says it is sending a satellite into orbit, but its neighbours suspect the launch could be a cover for a long-range missile test.

They say it violates UN resolutions and have warned of consequences.

“A short time ago a flying object appeared to have been launched from North Korea,” the Japanese government statement said.

The US State Department and South Korea’s presidential office also confirmed a launch.

Japan did not try to shoot it down, as it had indicated that it would if its territory was threatened, it said in a statement.

 

 

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