North Korea says the rocket was planned to put a satellite into orbitApr. 13, 2012 from BBC Nesa North Korea says the rocket was planned to put a satellite into orbit Continue reading the main story North Korea tensionsWhy launch raises tension Exploring 好房網contradictions Will North Korea change? Denuclearisation dance North Korea has launched its long-range rocket but its neighbours say the rocket failed shortly after take-off. The rocket - seen by many as a banned test of long-range missile technology - 澎湖民宿was launched from north-west North Korea early on Friday. But officials from Japan and South Korea say it flew for only a few minutes before crashing into waters off the Korean Peninsula.There has been no word yet from North Korea on the launch. North 租屋Korea says the aim of the rocket was to launch a satellite into orbit - a move marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of national founder Kim Il-sung. But the US and other nations say the launch constituted a disguised test of long-range missile 租屋網technology banned under UN resolutions. 'Ended in failure' The rocket went up at 07:39 local time (22:39 GMT Thursday), South Korean officials said. Its intended flight path would have taken it south, to the west of the Korean peninsula between 591Japan and the Philippines. Both Japan and South Korea had threatened to shoot it down if it threatened their territory. But officials from several nations observing the launch said the rocket had failed. "South Korean and US intelligence authorities 租房子believe North Korea's missile launch ended in failure," South Korea's Defence Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said.Japan also confirmed the apparent failure. "At approximately 7:40 am we confirmed that a certain flying object was launched from 買屋North Korea and fell after flying for just over a minute. There was no impact on Japanese territory," Japanese Defence Minister Naoki Tanaka said. South Korean media reported that the debris fell into the sea west of the Korean peninsula off the port of 賣屋Kunsan. The US said that North Korea's behaviour was of concern to the global community. "Despite the failure of its attempted missile launch, North Korea's provocative action threatens regional security, violates international law and 房地產contravenes its own recent commitments," a White House statement said. Pyongyang agreed in February to a partial freeze in nuclear activities and a missile test moratorium in return for US food aid. But that deal was put on hold last month after the 買屋網North announced its rocket launch plans.