By CHOE SANG-HUN and DAVID E. SANGER
Published: April 4, 2009
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea defied the United States, China and a series of United Nations resolutions by launching a rocket on Sunday that the country said was designed to propel a satellite into space, but that much of the world viewed as an effort to prove it is edging toward the capability to shoot a nuclear warhead on a longer-range missile.
The launching took place at 11:30 a.m. local time, said an official at the Foreign Ministry of South Korea who spoke on condition of anonymity until the government makes a formal announcement.
Reports: North Korea launches rocket
Sun, 05 Apr 2009 03:17:12 GMT
The US State Department has confirmed that North Korea launched its rocket on Sunday.
“We have had a launch. I don’t know the type of missile,” US State Department spokesman Fred Lash told reporters on Sunday, adding that it is a “provocative act.”
Tokyo also said Pyongyang launched a long-range rocket that passed over Japan.