Tuesday, April 7, 2009
A triumphant North Korea on Tuesday broadcast footage of its controversial rocket launch as state press reported Kim Jong-Il wept tears of regret that the money it cost could not have been used to help his people.
The footage seen on South Korean TV showed a three-stage white rocket, bearing the word “Chosun” (Korea), soaring away from the launch site and into the sky.
North Korean state television also broadcast the first moving images of Kim since he reportedly suffered a stroke in August, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.
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As world powers struggled to struggled to agree on a response, with China and Russia both urging restraint, the North’s media boasted of the “historic” achievement of putting into orbit a satellite that was now beaming back patriotic songs.
The United States and its allies say the satellite never made it into space and Sunday’s launch was really a ballistic missile test that failed.
This article was posted: Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 9:56 am