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The North launched the rocket close to the first anniversary of the death of former leader Kim Jong-il and as elections loom in South Korea and Japan.
The launch, reported by South Korean media, was confirmed by South Korea's Defense Ministry.
Japan says N. Korea's rocket debris fell into waters off Philippines TOKYO, Dec. 12 (Yonhap) -- The Japanese government said Wednesday that a debris of North Korea's long-range rocket fell into waters off the Philippines at 10:05 a.m. after passing over Okinawa. Pyongyang fired off the rocket at 9:51 a.m., Seoul's defense ministry said earlier in the day. Japan didn't order its military to intercept the North Korean rocket, according to officials. Shortly after the North's defiant launch, the Japanese government convened an emergency meeting of security-related ministers.
Any idea where its going?
Or its purpose?
Will it be allowed to complete its mission?
Originally posted by Xcouncil=wisdom
I was fully expecting breaking news of N Korean Rocket Shot Down
Hmmm maybe not
Originally posted by okamitengu
i don't think North Korea is a great nation etc, but
who really has the right to tell a sovereign nation that they are not allowed to test technology? this baffles me.
the hypocricy of nations who have this tech, telling ANYONE else that they cannot test it, or have it .. is just mind blowing
I was thinking, is there any way they are being covertly shot down to make NK think they are always failing? sounds wacky but it makes sense in some ways :S