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.