Sunday, April 5, 2009
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.
The first stage of the long range rocket fell into the Sea of Japan and the second stage traveled over Northern Japan, dropping in the Pacific Ocean. Pyongyang had notified that the 'Satellite' rocket launch would take place between April 4 and 8.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea and the U.S. military say there's no North Korean satellite orbiting the earth as claimed by Pyongyang.
South Korea's defense minister says all three sections of the North Korean rocket fell into the sea after launch this morning.
And a statement from the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the U.S. Northern Command says "no object entered orbit."
But North Korean state-run media says the satellite was transmitting data and patriotic odes to leader Kim Jong Il and founder Kim Il Sung.
The Korean Central News Agency says the satellite reached outer space in just over nine minutes.
North Korea says the launch was a peaceful bid to develop its space program.
But the U.S., South Korea, Japan and others suspect the launch was a guise for testing the regime's long-range missile technology.
UPDATE: SEOUL, April 5 (UPI) -- North Korea failed to put a rocket into orbit Sunday, contrary to its earlier claim of a successful launch, U.S. and South Korean officials said.
The North Korean payload fell into the Pacific Ocean, along with the second-stage rocket, the Yonhap news agency quoted an anonymous South Korean government official as saying.
The U.S. Northern Command Web site described the launched rocket as "not a threat" to its territory.
The last two stages of the rocket fell into the Pacific Ocean along with the payload and the first stage fell into the East Sea, the Northern Command site claimed.
"No object entered orbit and no debris fell on Japan," the Web site said.
The rocket was launched despite warnings from North Korea's neighbors and the United States, a South Korean official said.
The U.N. Security Council called an emergency meeting Sunday to consider possible action against North Korea.
Editors note: No doubt, Japanese and U.S. Military will be mounting a search to find the payload and other stages of the N. Korean rocket.
Propaganda video released by North Korea in 1998 claiming their first successful orbiting of communications satellite which also did not make orbit. Not only do they suck at rocket science but they lie too! Look for anew bogus video claiming the recent launch was a success as well.