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Controversial North Korean rocket launch ends in failure

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Controversial North Korean rocket launch ends in failure

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The much anticipated launch of a rocket in North Korea failed on Friday, after it disintegrated over the Yellow Sea just minutes after take off.
 
Pyongyang claims it was an attempt to place a satellite into orbit, but critics say it was a covert test of long-range missile technology.
 
In an unusual move, North Korea – which claims success for a 2009 satellite launch which others say failed – admitted the failure of Friday’s launch on state television. 
 
But North Koreans spoke positively about the event.
 
“Even big countries like Russia and the US only succeeded in launching a satellite after many failures. Although we failed to launch one this time, I’m proud that we were able to try,” one woman said.
 
Another added: “Success and failure are two sides of the same coin, I think.”
 
North Korea says the rocket launch was part of celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of late founding president Kim Il-sung and to mark the rise to power of his grandson Kim Jong-un.