North Korea launches rocket, passes over Okinawa: report
ROC Central News Agency
Tokyo, Dec. 12 (CNA) North Korea launched a long-range rocket Wednesday that hurtled over Okinawa, but Japan did not fire a Patriot PAC 3 missile to intercept it, according to Japanese media reports.
The reports said the rocket was fired at 9:49 a.m. (8:49 Taiwan time) from North Korea's west coast and passed over Okinawa at 10:01 a.m., the reports said.
Debris from the rocket fell in waters some 300 kilometers east of the Philippines at 10:05 a.m., according to the reports.
There was no word whether the mission was successful.
North Korea announced Dec. 1 that a Unha-3 rocket carrying a polar-orbiting earth observation satellite would blast off from the Sohae Space Center in Cholsan County, North Pyongan Province, sometime between Dec. 10 and 22.
The launch comes at a sensitive time, just one week before South Korea holds its presidential election.
(By Yang Ming-chu and Sofia Wu)
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