[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.