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North Korean Rocket Launch Botched

North Korea’s long-range rocket failed minutes after liftoff in the biggest setback to Kim Jong Un since he succeeded his father as head of the totalitarian state four months ago. Scientists are investigating what went wrong, North Korea’s state media said. The missile reached an altitude of 151 kilometers before disintegrating into 20 pieces and falling into the ocean 100 to 150 kilometers off the western coast…

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Officials from the United States and the United Nations say the U.N. Security Council will meet Friday to discuss North Korea’s botched long-range missile launch — an act U.N. officials called deplorable and destabilizing despite its failure.

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Amid concerns that North Korea will try to recover from the embarrassing failure with a nuclear test or military move, a spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned the secretive country’s regime not to “undertake further provocative actions that will heighten tension in the region.” A spokesman from the South Korean Defense Ministry said that Seoul was “keeping a close eye on the possibility of North Korea conducting a nuclear test” and that the South Korean military was “fortifying its stance.”

 

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