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North Korea confirms rocket launch failure

13 April 2012 Last updated at 04:23 BST

North Korea's keenly-watched rocket launch has failed, Pyongyang has confirmed.

The rocket - seen by many as a banned test of long-range missile technology - was launched from north-west North Korea early on Friday.

The US, Japan and South Korea say it flew only for a short time before breaking up and crashing into waters off the Korean peninsula.

North Korea said its scientists were assessing what had caused the failure.

Damian Grammaticas describes the situation from the North Korean capital.

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