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The White House said the North Korea rocket launch is a "highly provocative act that threatens regional security" and violates UN resolutions.
North Korea has confirmed that it fired a long-range rocket and said the satellite successfully entered orbit, Reuters reported.
Japan "cannot tolerate" a move by North Korea to launch a long-range missile, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said. He described the situation as "extremely regrettable".
It appears the long-range missile was fired despite international condemnation. North Korea claims it wants the rocket to put a weather satellite into orbit, although critics have said it was designed to enhance the capacity of North Korea to design a ballistic missile.
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak has called an emergency security meeting after reports that North Korea launched a long-range rocket.
North Korea has launched a long-range rocket, South Korean TV channel YTN reported.
YTN said the rocket was launched from a site on the west coast. A launch in April ended in failure minutes later.
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What's left of the launch could offer important clues as to whether North Korea is actually a threat to the world, or not.