North Korean rocket puts object into space, angers neighbors & U.S.

Airbus Defense & Space and 38 North satellite image of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station in North KoreaBy Ju-min Park and Shinichi Saoshiro SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) – North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Sunday carrying what it has called a satellite, but its neighbors and Washington denounced the launch as a missile test, conducted in defiance of U.N. sanctions and just weeks after a nuclear bomb test. The U.S. Strategic Command said it had detected a missile entering space and South Korea’s military said the rocket had put an object into orbit, quashing earlier media reports indicating the rocket might have failed in flight. “Everything we have seen is consistent with a successful repeat of the 2012 (launch),” said U.S. missile technology expert John Schilling, referring to a previous launch of what the North said was a communications satellite.

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