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North Korea rocket launch fails

13 April 2012 Last updated at 07:29 BST

North Korea's attempt to launch a long-range rocket has ended in failure after it disintegrated shortly after take-off.

The regime had claimed it wanted to put a satellite into orbit for peaceful purposes, to celebrate the hundredth birthday of the founder of the country.

But the test has been condemned by the United Nations as 'deplorable'.

Lucy Williamson reports from the South Korean capital, Seoul.