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North Korean satellite "tumbling in orbit" - media

February 09, 5:14 UTC+3
Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook previously confirmed that North Korea "put a satellite or some space device into orbit."
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WASHINGTON, February 9. /TASS/. The satellite launched by North Korea over the weekend is now "tumbling in orbit," CBS reported on Tuesday citing US officials.

Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook previously confirmed that North Korea "put a satellite or some space device into orbit." "It's the second time the North has tried but failed to put a satellite into stable orbit," CBS said adding that the previous successful case took place in 2012.

North Korea successfully launched a satellite into space, its state-run TV said on Monday, an action immediately condemned by the United States as "destabilizing and provocative."

Carrier rocket Kwangmyongsong blasted off from the Sohae Space Center at 9 am Sunday local time, state news agency KCNA said. The Kwangmyongsong-4 satellite entered orbit nine minutes and 46 seconds after the liftoff, an operation "great leader Kim Jong Un personally ordered and directed," the TV announcer said.

According to CNN, though North Korea said the launch was for scientific and "peaceful purposes" - adding it plans to launch more satellites - it was viewed by other nations, such as Japan and South Korea, as a front for a ballistic missile test, especially coming on the heels of North Korea's purported hydrogen bomb test last month.

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