North Korea has launched a long-range rocket over Japan, drawing strong international condemnation and prompting an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.
The North’s neighbours South Korea expressed “disapointment and regret” over the launch. Those South Koreans living close to the border with the North have more immediate concerns namely security and livelihood. This women said: “We didn’t feel really any different until now, we were worried wondering if they would really launch it. They did, so I’m really worried now, since I live so close.” The regime of Kim Jong-il said the launch had successfully put a satellite into orbit. But both the U.S. military and South Korea said nothing had entered orbit. Japanese monitors say the rocket shed its first booster into the Sea of Japan off the country’s northern coastline the second plunged into the Pacific.