In a statement, the White House said the rocket launch was a highly provocative act that threatens regional security and violates U.
A spokesman for U. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he "deplores" the launch. Ban said it was "all the more regrettable because it defies the unified and strong edcort from the international community.
ET, and initial reports indicate that the first stage fell into the Yellow Sea. The second stage was predicted to fall jpaanese the Philippine Sea, according to a statement issued by the North American Aerospace Defense Command. Pyongyang's boson KCNA news agency said earlier that the rocket was fired from the Sohae Satellite Launch Center on the secretive country's west coast, and said that the Kwangmyongsong weather satellite went into orbit as planned.
North Koreans toast after hearing the news of a escoort launch with beer at the newly-built Mansukyo Restaurant on Wednesday, Dec. North Korea appeared to successfully fire a long-range rocket Wednesday, defying international warnings as the regime of Kim Jong Un pushes forward with its quest to develop the technology needed to deliver a nuclear warhead. But U. Russia added its voice to the condemnation of the launch and also called on other nations to refrain from further escalating tensions.
China, North Korea's only major diplomatic ally, had urged it not to go ahead with the launch, and expressed regret on Wednesday that it had taken place. Launch successful?
This is North Korea's fifth test launch of a long-range rocket or ballistic missile. The last rocket was launched in April, but it japannese apart shortly after being fired.
Later, a Defense Ministry representative told reporters that the launch "looked successful, but whether it has been really successful needs more time to escodt. The liftoff came as a shock to many South Koreans because they thought it would not take place until after South Korea's presidential election on Dec.
The Defense Ministry said the border between North and South was calm and stable as usual. Japan's chief cabinet secretary, Osamu Fujimura, said North Korea's rocket flew over Okinawa at a. He could not confirm whether any debris fell on Japanese territory.
Fujimura said the launch was "completely unacceptable," but he reassured the public that the Japanese government was doing everything possible to ensure national security. North Korea launches rocket Dec. After separating from the second stage, the rocket's third stage was deed to carry its payload all the way to orbit. But critics fear that the mission's true purpose lana escort to test technologies for sending a nuclear warhead to targets as far away as the U.
West Coast. The U.
State Department issued a statement saying that Washington noted the launch and was monitoring the situation. Earlier this month, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said "a North Korean 'satellite' launch would be a highly provocative act that threatens peace and security in the region. Security Council resolutions. North Korea is banned from conducting missile and nuclear tests, under the terms of U.
Wednesday's launch follows up on an attempt in April that ended in failure just minutes after liftoff. This is the second North Korean test launch since President Kim Jong-un came to power following his father's death a year ago.