North Korea's Rocket Launch
On Friday morning, North Korea launched its Unha-3 (Galaxy) long-range rocket in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions. The launch was meant to be the centerpiece of nationwide celebrations of the centenary of the birth of Kim Il-sung, founder of the nation and grandfather of the new leader Kim Jong-eun. North korea says launch is to monitor crops and weather. The US, South Korea and Japan have denounced saying it is a smokescreen for Pyongyang to extend the firepower of its ballistic missiles.