BREAKING : After repeated warnings, North Korea fires long-range rocket…region on edge
A state TV announcer said that North Korea had successfully placed a satellite in orbit.
The launch was condemned by Japan, South Korea and the US, who have requested an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council later on Sunday.
South Korea says it is to begin discussing with the US the deployment of a missile defence system.
Senior defence official Ryu Je-Seung said if the THAAD missile system – considered one of the most advanced in the world – were deployed it would be only to counter the threat from the North.
U.S. officials are saying that the same type of rocket could be used to deliver a nuclear warhead.
North Korea said that it was trying to put a satellite into orbit. Everyone else knows that it was a ballistic missile test.
“Forcing the launch is a clear violation against the [United Nations Security Council] resolution and a serious provocation against the security to our country,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said to Japanese parliament on Wednesday.
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