North Korea launches rocket - YTN reports

SEOUL, Dec xx Tue Dec 11, 2012 8:00pm EST

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.

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