This ends AFP's Live Report on the launch of a long-range rocket by North Korea, which came just days before the first anniversary of its former ruler's death and which caught many observers by surprise.
Screen grab from North Korean TV on December 12, shows a female announcer wearing a pink "hanbok", the traditional Korean national dress, reading a statement on the country's long-range rocket launch. North Korea successfully launched a long-range rocket on December 12 in defiance of UN sanctions threats over what Pyongyang's critics have condemned as a disguised ballistic missile test.
The launch provoked condemnation from the US and several of its regional allies and even China expressed concern at the successful launch by its wayward communist ally -- while also calling on all sides to avoid "stoking the flames".
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