North Korea successfully launches long-range rocket
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.