BREAKING: North Korea launches rocket – probable link to ICBM program

BREAKING: North Korea launches rocket – probable link to ICBM program
Not the rocket Mr. Hughes will be using. It's just the one we happen to have (of a North Korean rocket on the launch pad). (Image: File video, KCTV via CNN)

[Ed. – Well.  At least they won’t be interrupting the Super Bowl.]

North Korea has fired a long-range rocket, which critics say is a test of banned missile technology.

The country had notified UN agencies in advance that it intended to put an earth observation satellite into orbit.

Both South Korea’s military and a US defence official speaking to Reuters news agency confirmed the launch.

It appears that the rocket was fired from a missile base in the north-west of the country and passed over Japan’s southern Okinawa islands. …

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the launch “absolutely unacceptable,” saying it was a “clear violation” of UN Security Council resolutions.

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