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Latest: DPRK rocket falls after launching


09:22, April 13, 2012

Undated file Google satellite photo shows the launch pad in Tongchang-ri base, Cholsan County, North Phyongan Province, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). Media reports said the Democratic People's Republic of Korea has launched an earth observation satellite on April 13, 2012. (Xinhua/Zhang Li)

TOKYO, April 13 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Defense Minister Naoki Tanaka said Friday the rocket that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) launched on Friday morning fell into sea after flying for more than a minute.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura told reporters at an emergency press conference Friday morning that Japan has suffered "no impact of falling objects" from the launch, and the government will hold a meeting to discuss the situation immediately.

"We believe there has been no impact of falling objects" on Japan, Fujimura said at the press conference after it confirmed the launch, and said, "I would like the public to stay calm."

The rocket may have split into 4 parts which fell into the Yellow Sea after reaching 120 km high, local media reported.

But there have been no reports of damage in Japan after the DPRK rocket launch, said Fujimura.

Japan had stayed alert over DPRK's planned rocket launch on Friday.It was the second day of a five-day window Pyongyang had planned for the launch.

The Japanese Self-Defense Forces have been on standby since Thursday, prior to DPRK's indicated time window for the launch from 7 a.m. to noon from Thursday to next Monday.

So far, the DPRK has neither confirmed nor denied the launch.


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John at 2012-04-1560.18.110.*
helen - what you are advocating is global nuclear war. What rock will you hide under
PD User at 2012-04-1458.161.232.*
yeah i agree with helen, dont worry about giving food to your starving citizens, focus on developing nuclear weapons that you will not use - China did a similar thing in the 1950"s under Mao"s Great Leap Forward - and only 60 million Chinese Peasants died, which the rest of China seems to have forgotten.
numamandla at 2012-04-13124.210.129.*
It seems that this failure was previously incorporated in the launching project from the context that DPRK revealed the fact to the international world the moment after lift-off.They possibly expect something in exchange for this pseudo openess.
HuoQiao at 2012-04-1375.72.239.*
There we go, N Korean rocket was shot down by air to ground lazor beam as soon as it lift off the ground. Until N Korean find a way to shoot down that aircraft that shoot lazor beam, it can never launch a rocket for whatever purpose.
helen at 2012-04-13175.136.85.*
Don"t worry, N Korea. You will succeed eventually. After all, failure is the mother of success.But then again, you are trying to put a satellite at the geostationary orbit - which is about 22,236 miles (35,786 Km) from the surface of the earth - which will require some experimentation. You will get it right next time.The Iranians have no problem in putting satellites that hover about 300 miles above the earth. That"s the height where you can cause an EMP attack on USA. N Koreans can do that too.Better luck next time. Your scientists will overcome the technical problems in your future launches ....Don"t let the big guys bully you into submission.....!

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