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February 09, 2016
N. Korea launches space rocket in defiance of sanctions threats
Seoul (AFP) Feb 7, 2016
North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Sunday, violating UN resolutions and doubling down against an international community already determined to punish Pyongyang for a nuclear test last month. North Korea had labelled the launch part of a purely scientific space programme, but most of the world viewed it as a disguised ballistic missile test and the nuclear-armed state's latest step towards a weapons delivery system capable of striking the US mainland. The satellite-bearing rocket took of ... read more

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