NBC: North Korean Satellite Tumbling Out of Control

NBC: North Korean Satellite Tumbling Out of Control

NBC News is quoting unnamed U.S. officials saying that North Korea’s satellite is “tumbling out of control.”

Jim Miklszewski and Alan Byole also report that Russia has joined China in criticizing the launch.  Both had warned North Korea not to conduct the launch, which violates United Nations Security Council resolutions.   The United States, Japan and South Korea condemned the launch before before and after it took place.  The U.N. Security Council  and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said today they “deplored” the launch.

The launch surprised almost everyone.  North Korea had announced that it planned to conduct a launch between December 10 and 22, but then said the launch would be delayed for a week because of technical problems.  It was not., however, with launch of the Unha-3 rocket with its Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite taking place on December 11 Eastern  Standard Time (December 12 local time in North Korea as well as GMT).


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