North Koreans celebrate launch

Thousands of people have rallied in the North Korean capital Pyong Yang to celebrate a long range rocket launch by the country earlier this week. The United Nations Security Council has condemned North Korea for the launch.

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North Korea celebrates rocket launch as the South protests

There was dancing and a military band in the North Korean capital Pyongyang in response to the successful launch of a satellite into space.

A North Korean military band performs to celebrate their country's rocket launch in front of a triumphal gateway in Pyongyang Credit: REUTERS/KYODO Kyodo

Meanwhile, protesters in the the South Korean capital Seoul pointed mock pistols at, and set alight to, an effigy of North Korea's leader leaning on a model rocket.

Anti-North Korean protester aims mock pistol at effigy of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un Credit: REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

In South Korea, and much of the world, today's launch is seen as part of a programme to develop a long-distance missile capability.

South Korean policemen put out flames after anti-North Korean protesters burned a mock missile and effigy of Kim Jong-Un Credit: REUTERS/Lee Jae Won

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Hague speaks to South Korean minister 'in solidarity'

Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that he has spoken "in solidarity" with his South Korean counterpart following the launch of a long-distance rocket by North Korea.

North Korea's history of testing long-range rockets

Today's launch is the fifth time North Korea has tested a long-range rocket. North Korea has used a range of terms for the tests and insists their purpose is to launch a satellite.

  • 12 December - Rocket launched. North Korea says it has launched a satellite; US confirms there is an object in orbit.
  • April - A "rocket-mounted satellite" explodes and crashes into the sea soon after take-off.
  • April 2009 - North Korea says a rocket was launched successfully. US says it crashed soon after take-off.
  • July 2006 - North Korea test-fires long-range Taepdong-2 missile.
  • 1998 - North Korea fires suspected missile over Japan and into the Pacific Ocean, calling it a satellite.

Report: North Korea rocket landed near Philippines

Its first stage fell in the Yellow Sea off South Korea's west coast, and the second stage landed in waters near the Philippines, it said citing South Korean officials.

The news agency said that the rocket was detected and tracked by South Korean radar.

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North Korea's official announcement of satellite launch

North Korea's state-run TV station KRT announced the successful launch of a satellite into orbit earlier today.

The announcement was greeted with cheers in parts of the capital Pyongyang.

The newsreader says: "The second version of the satellite Kwangmyongsong-3 successfully lifted off from the Sohae Space Center in Cholsan County, by carrier rocket Unha-3 on Wednesday. The satellite successfully entered its preset orbit."

Russia's foreign ministry criticises North Korea launch

The Russian foreign ministry has tweeted that North Korea's rocket launch is in violation of a UN resolution, and will have a "negative impact" on the region.

UN Chief 'deplores' North Korea rocket launch

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned North Korea's long-range rocket launch. Credit: PA Wire

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned North Korea's missile launch and expressed concern that it could negatively impact prospects for peace and security in the region.

His spokesman said: "The Secretary-General deplores the rocket launch announced by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea).

"It is a clear violation of Security Council resolution 1874, in which the Council demanded that the DPRK not conduct any launch using ballistic missile technology."

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