North Korea fire missile – U.S. says space launch failed!

April 5, 2009

(ChattahBox) — North Korea said Sunday it had succeeded in sending a satellite into space, in a launch that has been highly condemned by the international community as a a disguised test of a ballistic missile.

While North Korean officials quickly reported that the three-stage rocket had successfully placed into orbit a satellite broadcasting revolutionary songs, South Korea, responded by saying the rocket and any payload had fallen into the sea, a claim supported by the US. US Northern Command said on its website that Stage One of the missile fell into the Sea of Japan and that the remaining stages along with the payload landed in the Pacific Ocean.

The only previous test of a Taepodong-2 missile, in July 2006 ended in failure after the missile blew apart 40 seconds after lift-off.  President Obama said in a statement that North Korea had violated U.N. resolutions and increased its own isolation.  The UN Security Council will meet in New York later today to discuss the launch, but diplomats have hinted that fresh sanctions against the North are unlikely as they would be opposed by China and Russia as counterproductive.


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