SEOUL, Dec xx 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.