North Korea Launches Rocket Over Japan

Weekend Edition Sunday, April 5, 2009

North Korea says it has launched a long-range rocket, the first such successful launch in its history. North Korea claims that the rocket contained a satellite, and that it was put into orbit.

But the U.S. Northern Command announced this morning that the launch did not send an object into orbit and that no debris fell on Japan.

North Korea's action provoked protest from Tokyo and Seoul to Washington, D.C., and there will be an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council later today to consider the challenge posed by the launch.

Guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks with NPR's Michael Shuster, who is in Seoul, about North Korea's launch.

Why do they keep firing the over Japan?

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