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Japan strongly protests against DPRK's satellite launch (3)

Xinhua)  08:38, December 13, 2012

A staff member of the Asahi Shimbun delivers the extra of the newspaper with reports about the rocket launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), in Tokyo, Japan, Dec. 12, 2012. The DPRK on Wednesday successfully launched and orbited a Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite, the official news agency KCNA reported. (Xinhua/Kenichiro Seki)

The DPRK blasted off its rocket at around 9:49 a.m. local time and it passed Japan's Okinawa at around 10:01.

Immediately after the launch, Prime Minister Noda ordered all related ministries to be fully prepared and spare no effort to prevent any unforeseen accident from occurring.

Japan also issued alarms to Okinawa's local government through its national alarm system.

As no debris of the launch fell into Japan's territory, Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto did not issue destroy order to the Self- Defense Forces deployed in Okinawa and no missile interceptors were launched.

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