North Korea launches long-range rocket


North Korea has reportedly launched a long-range rocket, despite appeals from world leaders not to go ahead.

Japanese television broadcaster NHK and South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported the launch on Sunday. The rocket was said to pass over Japan and landed in the Pacific Ocean. The US later confirmed the launch.

The liftoff took place at 11:30 a.m. local time from the Musudan-ri launch site in the north-east part of the country.

North Korea says it is sending a satellite into orbit, but its neighbors suspect it is a cover for a long-range missile test.

According to US State Department spokesman Fred Lash, it was a “provocative act in violation” of the United Nations Security Council resolution on North Korea’s weapons program.

South Korea’s presidential Blue House called the launch a “reckless” move that poses a “serious threat” to stability on the Korean peninsula.

The Japanese government says it is seeking an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council.

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