April 13th, 2012
01:16 AM ET

North Korea rocket breaks up in flight

Defying warnings from the international community, North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Friday, but it broke apart before escaping the earth's atmosphere and fell into the sea, officials said.

"It flew about a minute, and it flew into the ocean," said Noriyuki Shikata, a spokesman for Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.

He added that Japanese authorities "have not identified any negative impacts, so far," though he said the international ramifications could be significant. "This is something that we think is a regrettable development," he said.

Joseph Cirincione, president of the global security foundation The Ploughshares Fund, told CNN that the launch's apparent failure "shows the weakness of the North Korea missile program" and suggests that the threat from North Korea has been "exaggerated."

"It's a humiliation," he told CNN. "I wouldn't want to be a North Korean rocket scientist today."


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  1. Andreas Moser

    Please apologise my Schadenfreude, North Korea. Maybe it would have been better to invest all this money, time and effort in food production.

    April 13, 2012 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. madmaninthemiddle

    It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out ,.. Oh, never mind.

    April 13, 2012 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right wing Insanity"

    My body odor can stop a yak at 50 paces.

    April 13, 2012 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. drap

    I'm no rocket scientist,or landscaper..but who builds a launch site on a dry weed-strewn minus the sofa abandoned plot of land... .?

    April 13, 2012 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ahkmed the Terror guy

    Da yak very smat animal Jeff. You never want to upset dis yak. How do you say..use right gard?
    Me? Mom alway cas me huffing spray paint. Or snorting.
    On a happyer note I would take yak to big city and hump it in front of evrybody in da park okie dokie my friend?

    April 13, 2012 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ahkmed the Terror guy

    You see jeff frank, soma day u teech me to be a good reepublican and model sitizen. Mean while I wait for my government assistance, sos i can go out and get mi dope my friend.

    April 13, 2012 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
  7. Superman

    @@@heres the real story on this rocket,,,,,,, live from CNN,,,,,,,the rocket launched and de-flated like a ballon! More later

    April 13, 2012 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff Frank ( R- Ohio ) "Right Wing Insanity"


    April 13, 2012 at 3:42 am | Report abuse |
  9. Popeye

    Must have been made in China....joking.

    April 13, 2012 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. ♚Mmmmm♛

    betcha if they had used some duck tape ittah worked...

    April 13, 2012 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  11. JerseyJeff

    It's good news for the international community that we still know North Korea cannot launch missiles anywhere they like and that does deserve a deep breath.
    That being said, in science we all know we learn more from our mistakes and this test still brings them closer to the capability of mounting a nuclear warhead on an ICBM. What will be done to stop further advancement down this dark road we know well from the Cold War?

    April 13, 2012 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    They shot a rocket into the air.
    It blew itself up way up there.
    For all who were nervous of where it would go,
    Return to your calm and take things slow.
    Take three deep breaths, and repeat after me,

    April 13, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  13. Cesar The Chorizo Chimp Of Chihuahua

    The damn thing was made out of plastic.. that's why it broke up. People need to know this. Plastic pipes called rockets don't made it to space! PVC pipe doesn't work either!

    April 13, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  14. RUFFNUTT (( dank smoking , beer drinking trailer trash from belton missouri ))

    see... duct tape insn't that great after all...

    north korea had to use that dollar store duct-tape on they're rocket...

    April 13, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pete

    They bought that rocket from China,see what ya get for 99 cents.They should have used it at their new years day celebration.People there are starvin,and all they thing of is getting high,pretty pathedic ha!!!

    April 13, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
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