North Korea 'launches long-range rocket'
North Korea has launched a long-range rocket, South Korean news sources have reported.
A previous launch in April failed when the rocket broke up after take-off.
North Korea says it plans to put a satellite into space, but many countries believe the tests are a cover for weapons development.
The US and other nations had previously warned the launch would constitute a test of long-range missile technology banned under UN resolutions.
South Korean television network YTN said the rocket was launched from a site on the west coast of the North.
The Japanese government, which put its armed forces on alert ahead of the launch, said the missile appears to have passed over Okinawa.
It said it had not attempted to intercept the rocket.
Posted by: tipper 2012-12-11