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N Korea launches missile, but fails to reach space.

In Asia on April 13, 2012 at 7:03 am

SEOUL, South Korea — The launch of the three-stage Unha-3 rocket took place at 7:39 A.M. local time, according to South Korean officials. Pyongyang has claimed that the launch was to place a communications satellite in space, but the U.S., Japan, South Korea and other nations view it as part of North Korea’s attempt to advance its military ballistic missile capacity.

Within minutes of the early morning launch, the U.S. and South Korea declared it a failure. North Korea acknowledged that hours later in an announcement broadcast on state TV, saying its satellite hadn’t enter into orbit.

The launch was timed to celebrate the 100th birthday of Kim Il-sung, the deceased founder of the state, and to coincide with the ascent to power of his grandson Kim Jong-un.

“The earth observation satellite failed to enter its preset orbit,” a newsreader said on North Korea’s state TV.

“Scientists, technicians and experts are now looking into the cause of the failure.”

It was an unusual admission of failure by the unpredictable regime, since it will be seen by its 23 million people who are only given access to state-controlled news sources. A similarly-failed launch in 2009 was touted by the North as a success.

Friday’s launch breached the terms of a recent aid deal struck with the United States as well as United Nations sanctions. Washington, Tokyo and Seoul issued sharp rebukes and said they would step up cooperation and vigilance.

“Despite the failure of its attempted missile launch, North Korea’s provocative action threatens regional security, violates international law and contravenes its own recent commitments,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement.

“The missile traveled one to two minutes and broke apart in the air. It broke into 20 separate pieces,” Shin Won-shik, a South Korean Defense Ministry official, said at a briefing Friday morning.

Shin said some of the debris fell 60 to 90 miles off the west coast of South Korea.

The leaders of the Group of Eight industrialized nations meeting in Washington, including Russia, condemned the launch. The U.N. Security Council, meanwhile, scheduled an emergency meeting for later Friday, and Washington said it was suspending plans to contribute food aid to the North in exchange for a rollback of its nuclear programs. Russia had earlier urged Pyongyang not to conduct the launch, saying it would violate a UN Security Council resolution regardless of its purpose and complicate efforts to revive six-party talks over North Korea’s nuclear program.

“UN Security Council Resolution No. 1874 demands that the DPRK (North Korea) refrain from any launches using ballistic rockets. This applies to both military and civilian launches,” Interfax quoted the Russian official as saying.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command, NORAD, said the first stage fell into the sea west of South Korea, and the remainder of the satellite-carrying missile was deemed to have failed.

“No debris fell on land,” NORAD said. “At no time were the missile or the resultant debris a threat.

The world’s most militarized border separates North and South Korea and the two states remain technically at war after an armistice ended the Korean War in 1953.

South Korea said it was dispatching ships to try to retrieve the rocket, which it said split into 20 fragments as the first and second stages failed to separate, showing that the new rocket had failed to travel as far as the previous one in 2009.

A Russian observer, a space policy expert from the Russian Academy of Cosmonautics, told Reuters in Pyongyang that long range rocket launches took time to perfect.

“So I would be quite surprised if the third launch of a North Korean rocket would end up in a success, although I believe that they had from 60 to 70 percent chance to successfully put the satellite into orbit,” said Yuri Karash.

– Viktor

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  1. when japan,south korea,india fires the missile than america gives thanks but why north korea is treated as enemy of the world.please if you are communist than tell the true story of north korea to the world.my uncle visits the north korea many times he said that north korea is very good country and they are very disciplined.communists doesn’t attack other because it is not the policy of communism.south korea and america just want to damage peoples people faith toward communism.if north korea was USA,s friend than even nuclear test was done they say nothing but as n.korea not like US imperialism than even good work is done they always make their target .truth always wins we wait for this.

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