The United Nation’s Security Council immediately condemned the launch after Japan called for an emergency session in response to North Korean actions. The U.N. banned the reclusive communist nation from conducting missile tests after it detonated a nuclear device in 2006.
U.S. officials and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) confirmed the object reached orbit, but were unable to say if it is actually a weather satellite or not, according to NBC. North Korea claimed success after the launch.
Japan, South Korea and other nations called Pyongyang’s actions provocative. “The Japanese government regards this launch as an act compromising the peace and stability of the region,” NBC reported Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura as saying.
Washington and its allies believe the launch is part of a stealth program to test long-range ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads as far as the United States.
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