North Korea launches ‘satellite,’ sparks fears about long-range missile program

February 7, 2016 1:39 AM

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North Korea launches ‘satellite,’ sparks fears about long-range missile program

TOKYO — In defiance of international warnings, North Korea launched a long-range rocket Sunday morning, a move widely seen as a test for a missile capable of striking the mainland United States.

The move was expected — Pyongyang had given warnings to maritime and airspace authorities, and analysts had detected movement at its launch site — but coming just a month after a nuclear test, it nevertheless showed Kim Jong Un’s continued willingness to defy the international community.

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