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