North Korea launched a multistage rocket Wednesday that appeared to travel the entire distance of a projected course and put an object into orbit, making it the most successful of the country's five attempts at testing long-range missile technology. The rocket took off shortly before 10 a.m. local time, flew south over the Yellow Sea, East China Sea and the Philippines, according to Japanese military authorities who tracked it closely. The U.S. has condemned the launch as "highly provocative,” warning it would destabilize the region and further isolate Pyongyang. Japanese and American officials have requested a security council meeting, which will take place late Wednesday morning (about 4am Thursday AEDT). (Image Credit: GeoEye – A satellite image from 4 December shows the North Korean launch site)
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