December 12, 2012 / 2:37 AM / 5 years ago

North Korea says rocket launch successful, satellite in orbit

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said it successfully launched a rocket carrying a satellite on Wednesday, putting it in orbit as planned.

The Sohae Launch Facility in North Korea in seen in this November 23, 2012 satellite image courtesy of DigitalGlobe. North Korea launched a rocket on Wednesday and the missile appears to have passed over Okinawa, Japan's government said. REUTERS/DigitalGlobe/Handout

The North’s official KCNA news agency said the rocket was fired from its west coast satellite launch site.

Reporting by Jack Kim; Editing by Choonsik Yoo

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