South Korean man in front of a television screen reporting the rocket news at Seoul Railway Station in South Korea on 12 December 2012
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North Korea defies warnings to launch rocket

North Korea says it has successfully launched its rocket, in defiance of international warnings.

Reports suggest the rocket, launched at 09:49 local time (00:49 GMT), followed its planned trajectory, with stages falling in expected areas. North Korea says a satellite has been put in orbit.

North Korea's neighbours and the US have called the launch a cover for long-range missile development.

Lucy Williamson is following developments from the South Korean capital, Seoul.

  • 12 Dec 2012
  • From the section Asia