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North Korea successfully launches long-range rocket

Published on Dec 12, 2012 11:00 AM
Travellers watch a TV screen broadcasting news on North Korea's rocket launch, at a railway station in Seoul on December 12, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea successfully launched a long-range rocket on Wednesday, in defiance of UN sanctions threats over what Pyongyang's critics have condemned as a disguised ballistic missile test.

North Korea said the three-stage rocket, which Pyongyang insists was solely aimed at placing a satellite in orbit, had achieved all its objectives.

"The launch of the second version of our Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite from the Sohae Space Centre... on Dec 12 was successful," the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

"The satellite has entered the orbit as planned," it added.

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