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North Korea launches rocket, passes over Okinawa: report

ROC Central News Agency

2012/12/12 10:19:24

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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