North Korean rocket crashes soon after launching
April 12th, 2012
07:57 PM ET

North Korean rocket crashes soon after launching

By CNN's Tim Schwarz in Pyonguang

Defying warnings from the international community, North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Friday, but it appears to have broken apart before escaping the earth's atmosphere, U.S. officials said.

No element of the rocket reached space, said a U.S. official, who based that conclusion on data collected by the United States from its first few moments aloft.

"This was supposed to be associated with (Kim Jong Un's) ascension to power. So for this thing to fail ... is incredibly embarrassing," said Victor Cha, former director of Asian affairs for the U.S. National Security Council and now a Georgetown University professor.

The launch occurred at 7:39 a.m. Friday, both Yonhap and YTN reported, citing South Korean officials.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. threading a needle

    there had to be a self destruct button in case of a mishap that would cause an international event.

    so find the button and own the ICBM. the question is who made the call to the ICBM , as it obvious answered the call.

    April 12, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Reply
    • Cheese Wonton

      Command destruct radio transmissions are encrypted. Not so easy to override. This sort of thing has been thought through probably before you were born. Bzzzzt, try again.

      April 13, 2012 at 1:40 am | Reply
  2. j

    of course the government run news in north korea said it made it to space and made contact with aliens or something

    April 12, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Reply

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