Pictures from Japanese TV purporting to show the rocket mid-flight
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China expresses 'regret' over N Korea rocket launch

North Korea has successfully launched a long-range rocket, defying international warnings.

The rocket, launched at 09:49 local time (00:49 GMT), appears to have followed its planned trajectory, with stages falling in expected areas.

In China - which is North Korea's closest ally - Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei expressed "regret" at the launch.

Footage filmed by Japanese broadcaster Fuji TV purported to show the rocket mid-flight.

Damien Grammaticus reports on China's reaction.

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North Korea rocket: International reaction

  • 12 Dec 2012
  • From the section Asia
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