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S. Korea military says N. Korea rocket launch a success

Published on Dec 12, 2012 10:16 AM
This file photo taken on April 8, 2012 shows North Korean technicians working at the control room of the Tongchang-ri space centre. North Korea carried out on Dec 12, 2012 a widely criticised rocket launch, seen by many in the international community as a disguised ballistic missile test, the South Korean defence ministry said. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea's long-range rocket launch on Wednesday appears to have been a success, with all three stages performing as planned, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said, citing military officials.

"The rocket stages fell on areas in line with its earlier announcement and the launch appears to be successful," the agency quoted the officials as saying.