North Korea says rocket launch successful, satellite in orbit

updated on 12/12/2012 at 11h42
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North Korea said it successfully launched a rocket carrying a satellite on Wednesday, putting it in orbit as planned.

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The Sohae Launch Facility in North Korea in seen in this November 23, 2012 satellite image courtesy of DigitalGlobe. North Korea launched a rocket on Wednesday and the missile appears to have passed over Okinawa, Japan's government said.
Photo: DigitalGlobe / Reuters

The North's official KCNA news agency said the rocket was fired from its west coast satellite launch site.

(Reporting by Jack Kim; Editing by Choonsik Yoo)

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