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Kim Jong-stun: North Korea’s Rocket Launch Ends in Failure

FOX News – “North Korea’s attempt Friday to launch a rocket has failed, according to U.S. officials.

A senior U.S. official who is receiving updates from U.S. military launch observers tells Fox News the rocket broke apart between 90 seconds and 2 minutes after launching.

Data suggests the rocket broke up in mid-flight inside the Earth’s atmosphere. Officials tell Fox News the rocket did not fall into any populated areas, suggesting it fell into the ocean.

The rocket likely broke apart between the first and second stages of a three phase process.

A 2009 attempt by North Korea to launch a rocket also failed during its third stage.

Japan’s Defense Minister Naiki Tanaka said, ‘We have confirmed that a certain flying object has been launched and fell after flying for just over a minute.’ He did not say what exactly was launched.

He said there was no impact on Japanese territory from the launch.

In Pyongyang, there was no word about a launch, and state television was broadcasting video for popular folk tunes. North Korean officials said they would make an announcement about the launch ‘soon.’

North Korea had earlier announced it would send a three-stage rocket mounted with a satellite as part of celebrations honoring national founder Kim Il Sung, whose 100th birthday is being celebrated Sunday.” Read more.

  1. Willard
    04/13/2012 at 1:20 PM

    Does not look very happy does he – I wonder who or how many lost their head over this


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