April 13th, 2012
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North Korea’s satellite launch failed

Pyongyang: North Korea confirmed that the country’s much-anticipated rocket launch ended quickly as it failed to enter into orbit. The rocket was launched from north-west North Korea flew only for a short time before breaking up and splintering into pieces over the Yellow Sea.

The US  and South Korea also declared the launch a failure. The Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite was fired from the Sohae Satellite Launching Station in Tongchang-ri along the west coast at 7.38 a.m.

“Scientists, technicians and experts are now looking into the cause of the failure,” KCNA said. North Korea says the aim of the rocket was to launch a satellite into orbit – a move marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of national founder Kim Il-sung. But the US and other nations say the launch constituted a disguised test of long-range missile technology banned under UN resolutions. The US, Japan, Britain and other nations had been urging North Korea to cancel the launch. Washington announced it was suspending plans to contribute food aid to the North in exchange for a rollback of its nuclear programs.


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