North KoreaTapodong 2 Missile Launcher
North Korea launched a series of short- and medium-range missiles, including one long-range Taepodong-2 ballistic missile. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined that the tests were not a threat to the United States.
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North Korea launched a three-stage rocket in what North Korean officials said would place its Kwangmyongsong-2 satellite into space. Pak Tok Hun, North Korea’s deputy UN ambassador, responded to international protest of the launch by saying, “Every country has the right, the inalienable right, to use the outer space peacefully” and it was “not democratic” for the Security Council to prevent North Korea from its launch activities.
According to NORAD and the United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), “stage one of the missile fell into the Sea of Japan. The remaining stages, along with the payload itself, landed in the Pacific Ocean” and “no object entered orbit.” On April 13, 2009, the U.N. Security Council condemned North Korea’s rocket launch and stated that further launch activities would result in sanctions.