Pyongyang have launched a long-range classed missile, however North Korea claims it is a harmless space satellite Kwangmyongsong-4 — named after the late leader Kim Jong II. Many see it as a disguised ballistic missile test.
The rocket was launched near the North Korean and Chinese border at 9:30 a.m. South Korean time. As planned, it traveled southwards over the Yellow Sea.
South Korean officials say they lost track of the missile over Jeju Island at approximately 9:36 a.m. It was spotted over the southern islands of Okinawa at 9:41 a.m by Japanese officials. It then entered space as spart of its final stage. Washington Post
The satellite is expected to orbit Earth every 94 minutes, reported Reuters. It is equipped with devices for Earth measurement and communication.
UN Secretary Ban Ki Moon said that the launch is “deeply deplorable” and is in violation of Security Council resolutions and comes “despite the united plea of the international community against such an act.”