- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 5, 2009

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (AP) - North Korea’s state news agency says that leader Kim Jong Il observed the launch of the country’s satellite.

The Korean Central News Agency says in a reported dated Sunday that Kim visited the General Satellite Control and Command Center and observed the liftoff.

North Korea launched a rocket Sunday that flew over Japan. The country says it was a satellite and that it successfully went into orbit. The U.S. says all parts of the rocket ended up in the ocean.

The KCNA report said Kim expressed “great satisfaction” that the country’s scientists and technicians “successfully launched the satellite with their own wisdom and technology.”

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