Russian Defence Ministry says N.Korea rocket launched south -IFAX

MOSCOW Wed Dec 12, 2012 12:10am EST

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MOSCOW Dec 12 (Reuters) - The Russian Defence Ministry said on Wednesday that it had tracked North Korea's rocket launch along a southern trajectory from the North Korean peninsula, the Interfax-AVN military news agency said, citing a source.

"Early warning missile systems monitored the North Korean rocket. Its flight took a southern course from the North Korean peninsula. It posed no threat to Russia," Interfax-AVN quoted an unnamed Defence Ministry source as saying.

North Korea launched a long-range rocket for the second time this year on Wednesday local time, and may have succeeded in putting a satellite into space, the stated aim of what critics say is a disguised ballistic missile test..

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