Giant statues of Kim Jong-il and Kim Il-sung were unveiled despite the rocket failure
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North Korea rocket failure gets brief mention on local TV

There has been international condemnation after North Korea launched a long range rocket this morning amid claims it was a cover for testing missile technology.

But what was supposed to be a moment of national pride, turned into embarrassment when the rocket exploded shortly after blast off and fell into the sea.

It came as two giant statues of former leaders Kim Jong-il and Kim Il-sung, were unveiled in the capital Pyongyang

The BBC's Damian Grammaticas sent this report from the capital Pyongyang.

Read more on Damian Grammaticas' blog

Watch more of Damian Grammaticas' reports form North Korea below.

Inside N Korea's mission control

Damian Grammaticas looks inside mission control HQ

Tour of N Korea's rocket launch site

Damian Grammaticas looks around North Korea's rocket launch site

N Korea's bid to control its image

Damian Grammaticas visits a fruit farm in North Korea

Citizens celebrate founding father

Damian Grammaticas watches 100th anniversary celebrations for Kim Il Sung

  • 13 Apr 2012