Journalists kept in dark over North Korean launch | Print |
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Saturday, 14 April 2012 01:45

by Tim Schwartz

It finally happened. North Korea launched its rocket early Friday -- for about a minute at least.

But we were the last to know. The assembled Western media were not told about the launch. There was no indication it was taking place.

Then word started spreading that South Korean media were reporting that the launch had taken place but failed, the rocket falling into the sea shortly after takeoff.

We made our way to the international press center and informed our North Korean minders of the rumors. But they denied any knowledge of the launch, frustrating our attempts to get any kind of official confirmation.

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