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North Korea Fires Rocket, Pyongyang Style, Even China Disappointed

Bring me the head of Psy on a plate, said Kim Jong-Un. No, no, he didn’t.

North Korea Fires Rocket, Pyongyang Style, Even China Disappointed

North Korea successfully launched a three-stage rocket this morning, defying international warnings. “The launch of the second version of our Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite from the Sohae Space Centre… on December 12 was successful,” said KCNA, the state news agency. “The satellite has entered the orbit as planned.” A previous attempt, in April this year, broke up and disintegrated over the sea just seconds after take off.

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There is a U.N. resolution banning the state from undertaking ballisting missile testing. Japan, South Korea and the U.S. are all convinced that the development, ostensibly to launch a satellite, is a cover for the rogue state’s ambitions on the long-range missile front. Even China, long a supporter of the Pyongyang regime, has expressed “regret” at the launch.

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