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SEOUL, South Korea (CNN) -- North Korea has launched a long-range rocket, U.S. and South Korean officials confirmed to CNN on Sunday.
The payload of the rocket remains unclear. North Korea has said the rocket was to carry a satellite into space, but the United States, South Korea and other nations fear it could be a missile with a warhead attached.
Earlier Sunday, before the launch, South Korea's national security council called an emergency meeting amid concerns that a North Korean rocket launch was imminent, a presidential spokesperson told CNN Sunday.
The rocket -- launched at about 11:30 a.m. Sunday (10:30 p.m. ET Saturday) -- was a "provocative act in violation" of U.N. Security Council resolution on North Korea's weapons program, said Fred Lash, a State Department spokesman, told reporters.
A senior Obama administration official confirmed that the rocked did clear Japan.
As Japan went on high alert in anticipation of an imminent rocket launch by North Korea, erroneous launch information sent out by the Japanese government on Saturday led to widespread confusion among the public and municipal authorities.
Media organizations, both domestic and international, reported the notification as breaking news and some municipalities issued alerts to their residents based on an emergency email message sent by the central government.
The misstep has embarrassed the administration of Prime Minister Taro Aso, who was apparently hoping that by quickly conveying the launch information to the public, he could raise his profile as an effective crisis manager.
Originally posted by Republican08
Yep, it's sunday in N. Korea.
I love Obama, his patriotism.
He'll give those N. Koreans a good stern talking to, maybe even no desert before bedtime.
Then he'll send them a youtube video and a e.t movie, wanting to be friends!!!!
If Bush was here, all hell would've broken loose. Kinda miss those days.
Originally posted by LwSiX
So what was the point of deploying the anti-missile ships? If we never had any intention of shooting it down, I'd say we look like quite the fool now.