North Korea Claims Fired Long-Range Rocket

Time: 9:51 a.m. CEST

North Korea fired a long-range rocket that critics say is a test of banned missile technology, BBC News reports. An announcer on a state TV said North Korea placed a satellite in orbit. Japan, South Korea and the United States condemned the action. As BBC News says, South Korea says it is to begin discussing with the United States the deployment of a missile defense system.

The North Korean National Aerospace Development Administration explained earth observation satellite Kwangmyongsong-4 had entered orbit 10 minutes after lift-off. The launching, as BBC News publishes, was from the Sohae space center in North Phyongan province. According to the announcer of state TV said “it had been ordered by North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un and added the country planned to launch more satellites in the future.”

According to the South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Moon Sang Gyun said a warship detected the launch at 09:31 (00:31 GMT), BBC News writes. The U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called it a “flagrant violation” of the United Nations resolutions and requested “significant measures to hold the DPRK [North Korea] to account. The UN Security Council has resolutions, which ban the state from undertaking any nuclear or ballistic missile tests. North Korea claimed on January 6 that it has conducted a fourth nuclear bomb test.

A summary from BBC News Article


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