North Korea said its much hyped long-range rocket launch failed on Friday, in a very rare and embarrassing public admission of failure by the hermit state and a blow for its new young leader who faces international outrage over the attempt.
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The United States kept a wary eye on North Korea after the reclusive state's unsuccessful launch of a long-range rocket and President Barack Obama said on Friday Pyongyang faced further isolation if it continued to defy the international community.
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Engineers check atop of Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket sitting on a launch pad at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site. ( Image: Reuters )
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The failed satellite launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) early Friday has prompted international concerns, with Washington and Seoul condemning the act as a violation of UN resolutions and a threat to regional stability.
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North Korea has placed troops on heightened vigilance, the South's defence minister said Friday as the failed rocket launch drew international condemnation.
North Korea admitted its much hyped long-range rocket failed to deliver a satellite into orbit on Friday while U.S. and South Korean officials said it crashed into the sea a few minutes after launch, dealing a blow to the reclusive state.
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North Korea Friday launched a long-range rocket that disintegrated soon after blastoff in what the United States and Asian nations condemned as a "provocative" act threatening regional security.
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China, a key diplomatic ally of North Korea, was silent on Friday after Pyongyang launched a long-range rocket, which failed shortly after blastoff.
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North Korea on Friday launched a long-range rocket that appears to have disintegrated soon after blastoff and fallen into the ocean, South Korean and Japanese authorities said.
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