North Korea launched it’s Taepodong-2 satellite on Sunday morning at 11:30 Pyongyang time from the Musandan-ri base. Japan did not intercept the launch with its own missiles, after vowing to do so if the rocket were to threaten Japanese territory. Two booster stages fell into the Pacific and it remains unclear if the satellite was launched into space successfully. America and South Korea, who kept destroyers on close watch near North Korea, said they would not stop the launch but strongly condemned it. China, the Year of DPRK-China Friendship host and a key broker in negotiations with the rogue state, has chosen not to take a strong stance, urging ‘close communication and coordination’ instead. Analysts now wait to see how regional powers and UN Security Council will deal with potential ensuing instability. An emergency meeting convened on Sunday for 3 hours, reaching deadlock as countries like China, Russia, Libya and Vietnam voice concern of alienating the rogue state.
DPRK premier leaves for Beijing for official visit, Xinhua News
Defiant N Korea launches rocket , BBC News
Launch, What Launch?, Analysis from Asia Times
Pyongyang’s account of events according to state propaganda KNCA