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Breaking: U.S.: North Korea launches rocket

4:32 pm - 04/12/2012

Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN) -- Defying warnings from the international community, North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Friday, but it appears to have broken apart shortly afterward, U.S. officials said.
Tokyo, which had threatened to shoot down the rocket if it appeared to be threatening its territory, had called for restraint. But Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said Thursday, "We are fully prepared to deal with any contingency," according to the news agency Kyodo.
Countries that include the United States and South Korea see the launch as a cover for a ballistic missile test. International leaders had urged North Korea to cancel the launch, but Pyongyang refused to back down, insisting the operation is for peaceful purposes.


According to ABC news, the rocket seems to have failed.

homasse 13th-Apr-2012 02:14 am (UTC)
It crashed into the sea, yes.

And according to twitter (I follow a reporter in S. Korea who was monitoring N. Korean broadcasts on it)...there was absolutely NO mention of it on N. Korean TV. So I daresay the vast majority of N. Koreans have no idea it happened, and if they do find out, they'll be told, same as with the last failed launch, that it was a success and their satellite is working, beaming out songs praising Kim.
tabaqui 13th-Apr-2012 03:17 am (UTC)
Yeah. It's horrifying how cut off and manipulated the citizens are.
zizzo_no_ai 13th-Apr-2012 07:45 am (UTC)
Surprisingly, it looks like North Korea's acknowledged the launch failed.
homasse 13th-Apr-2012 07:49 am (UTC)
Yeah, I saw that - that really is surprising, even though they're spinning it.

Combine that with them letting foreign reporters take pictures when the buses driving them somewhere took a wrong turn, instead of telling them not to or slamming the curtains shut, and it seems like something is definitely going on in N. Korea behind the scenes that we don't know about.
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