April 5, 2009 / 10:40 AM / 10 years ago

South Korea says North's satellite failed to orbit: report

TOKYO (Reuters) - South Korean Defense Minister Lee Sang-hee said on Sunday that Seoul had judged that North Korea had failed to put its satellite launched earlier in the day into orbit, Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported.

“Based on our judgment made so far, all first, second and third (stage) rockets fell into the ocean, and thus nothing has been put into orbit,” Kyodo quoted Lee as telling a parliamentary session in Seoul.

Reporting by Linda Sieg, Editing by Dean Yates

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