North Korea launches rocket
Action violates UN resolutions
- Duration 6:01
- Date Apr 12, 2012
Action violates UN resolutions
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There is breaking.
It's now on Fox News Channel I'm Shepard Smith this is The Fox Report and we have just gotten word that North Korea has launched its missile.
Against the wishes of the rest of the world.
The report comes from South Korean television just moments ago.
The window for the launch just reopened for the Communist regime to launch this powerful in the rocket into space.
Of course the nuclear armed nation claims it simply trying to put a weather satellite in orbit but today.
The experts have already warned that the same type of rocket could one day carry a nuclear warhead to the United States.
And today the secretary of state Hillary Clinton said it is clear that North Korea is actually testing ballistic missile technology.
And that the consequences for this launch could be severe.
Pyongyang has a clear choice.
It can't pursue peace.
And reap the benefits of closer ties with the international community including the United States.
Or it can continue to face.
Pressure and isolation.
And that is its choice clearly the United States is not alone in this opposition to the launch in fact.
Even North Korea's neighbor Russia has joined the chorus of nations calling for the regime to stand down but it did not.
It has just North Korea has just launched the missile and Jennifer Griffin has the breaking news details.
-- -- Jennifer what do we know.
-- separate what we do with it experts will -- in a matter of about fifteen minutes whether this launch was successful or not.
We've been reporting all day that this is a three stage launched the first stage.
Takes about two minutes in that first part of the rocket will burn up.
And it will it will fall into it will essentially disintegrate.
The second stage takes another four to six minutes before it separates from the rocket that we expect.
Should land in the ocean.
Somewhere near the Philippines north of the Philippines in the Pacific Ocean if all goes as planned this rocket is being launched.
Towards the direction due south from the launch site.
-- be you know it'll essentially be heading.
Over the Philippines the third phase and this is the face they had trouble with back in April.
2009 when there second look missile launch -- them.
Failed in the third phase that phase will happen again within about ten minutes of the launch.
And that's when you'll see -- you you won't see it but essentially will know whether that part disintegrates as it.
Pushes the satellite into into orbit.
-- it we have we know that Japan has been on high alert that they have a patriot missile defense battery.
On standby in case this rocket somehow goes way off course but it would have to go way off course to be heading towards Japan as opposed to -- south.
Towards the Philippines.
So we don't expect that -- really that the those patriot missiles to really come into play.
Even if they are going after that disintegrated parts of the missile.
It's unlikely that they would be able to strike them so right now we'll know in the next few minutes whether this was a successful launch but South Korean TV reporting that it has happened.
And Jennifer thank you thirty seconds ago -- Jennifer was speaking US officials confirmed for Fox News in the rest.
That in fact the rocket has been launched and now the rare opportunity to go live to Pyongyang in North Korea.
Where our correspondent Greg Powell cut is standing by live she read what do you know from there.
Well Chavis is -- remarkable stuff we're about an hour or into the second day of the launch window for this controversial rocket and as you are hearing from various sources confirmation that this rocket has lifted off but remarkably and I guess not so remarkably being in the in the North Korea which is prides itself on secrecy for so long.
We to not have a confirmation from North Korean officials.
Fox News along with a world media is here the North Korean regime.
Does want attention towards this rocket.
They say that is a civilian satellite launch that it has nothing to do with anything possibly military our military dimensions despite the fact.
That they do have an arsenal but nuclear weapons in this country so there are pretend they're going through the motions of showing transparency but passive right now we don't have a confirmation from North Korean officials that this -- happened to launch site is in the northwestern -- of this country it's about about a 150 miles from where we are standing in Pyongyang.
Just outside of Pyongyang is that that the command center that the media has had a chance to chance see and to look at.
Those who have seen up close the rockets say that yes it is an improvement over the 2009.
Model that's the last time -- north Koreans have tried an Intercontinental.
Ballistic missile launch and that failed when the third stage went this third stage of this -- said to be -- of a better grade and in fact with some cross pollination with the Iranian rockets specialists so there's a little bit better chance on this going off and as we've been talking about the trajectory of this launch completely different not going over Japan.
Not heading towards.
Towards other areas that might be seen as a threat to the United States as a direct south trajectory -- going -- just off of South Korea just go away from Japan away from Taiwan but all these countries.
VA the neighboring countries in this region had been on high alert and had said.
That if any bits of the rocket came anywhere near them they would shoot it down in fact that one of the first words that we got in fact.
All to launch came from South Korean television South Koreans very nervous about what is happening.
North of the border right now we'll leave you shaft would try to get some harder confirmation from officials here of the nature and and the quality and most importantly the quality whether -- exactly working on this launch back to you.
Greg Palkot live.