The Straits Times
Published on Dec 12, 2012

Philippines expects North Korea rocket debris


MANILA (AFP) - Debris from a rocket launched by North Korea on Wednesday was expected to fall off the main Philippine island of Luzon, an official said, without confirming if that had happened.

"North Korea has launched their rocket at 8,49am Philippine time. It is expected to reach our area in about 30 minutes," civil defence chief Benito Ramos said, urging fishermen to avoid the northern coast of Luzon.

"Our people should avoid the Pacific Ocean from Santa Ana (a northeast Luzon town) to Polillo island," he said in repeated radio broadcasts.

North Korea carried out the widely criticised rocket launch on Wednesday, seen by many in the international community as a disguised ballistic missile test There was no immediate report on the success of the launch, which Pyongyang insists is a scientific mission aimed at putting a satellite in orbit.