U.S. Official: N. Korea Launches Long-Range Rocket
NPR Staff and Wires
Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 7:25 PM
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North Korea had announced it was planning the launch of an observation satellite to celebrate Sunday's centennial of the birth of Kim Il Sung, the country's late founder. A U.S. official tells The Associated Press the rocket "may have failed," without providing further details.

A U.S. official tells NPR North Korea has fired a long-range rocket.

South Korea's Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok told reporters in a nationally televised news conference that the rocket was fired at 7:39 a.m.

A U.S. official tells The Associated Press the rocket "may have failed," without providing further details.

North Korea had announced it was planning the launch of an observation satellite to celebrate Sunday's centennial of the birth of Kim Il Sung, the country's late founder.

There was no word from Pyongyang about the launch.

NPR's Tom Gjelten contributed to this report, which contains material from The Associated Press. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]



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