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NORAD: North Korean Rocket Achieved Orbit

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North Korea launched a rocket Wednesday, with state media calling it a weather site and claiming entered its planned orbit, Reuters reports.

According to the story by Jack Kim and Mayumi Negishi, the North American Aerospace Defense Command confirmed that an object deployed from the country appeared to achieve orbit.

Kim and Negishi write NORAD was the first independent body to confirm North Korea’s claim that the rocket entered orbit.

A spokesman from the North Korean Foreign Ministry said criticism of the launch comes from hostile perception of the country, Reuters reports.

Citing reports from Japan- and South Korea-based newspapers, Kim and Negishi write observers from Iran were in North Korea for the launch, but Iran has denied those claims.

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