North Korea launches rocket (Lead)

April 5th, 2009 - 10:55 am ICT by IANS  

Tokyo, April 5 (DPA) North Korea launched a rocket Sunday, a South Korean foreign ministry official told Yonhap news agency.
Pyongyang said it was putting a communications satellite into orbit, but Japan, South Korea and Washington believe the launch was a screen to test a long-range ballistic missile.

The launch occurred around 11.30 a.m. (0230 GMT) from North Korea’s base on its east coast, the official said.

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