A soldier stands guard in front of a rocket sitting on a launch pad at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site, during a guided media tour by North Korean authorities in the northwest of Pyongyang in this April 8, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/Files
North Korea launches rocket: YTN reports
Posted : Tuesday, 11 December 2012 08:03PM
SEOUL, Dec xx (Reuters) - Isolated North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Wednesday in defiance of condemnation by critics who believe it is seeking to develop technology that will enable it to deliver a nuclear warhead, South Korean TV channel YTN reported.
YTN said the rocket was launched from a site on the west coast. A launch in April ended in failure minutes later.
North Korea says the launch is aimed merely at putting a weather satellite in orbit. It is banned from conducting missile and nuclear-related tests under U.N. sanctions imposed after its 2006 and 2009 nuclear tests.
(Reporting by David Chance; Editing by Nick Macfie)
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