The long range rocket of North Korea disintegrated shortly after takeoff and nosedived into the Yellow Sea and the World has heaved a huge sigh of relief as reported in Theaustralian.com.au of 13th April 2012.
The rocket had apparently gone up to a height of 400,000-feet (120 Km) and then broke up into four sections and plunged into the Yellow Sea near the Korean peninsula.
This was North Korea’s third attempt to send up a satellite into Space – its first attempt had been in 1998 – and it misfired.
North Korea was bent upon going ahead with the launch of a long range missile capable of penetrating deep into the USA and USA had hinted that such an action would jeopardize the Food Aid package which it had offered to North Korea.
The rocket launch of North Korea was believed to be a cover to carry out nuclear tests and the adamancy of Pyongyang to undertake the launch despite entreaties from World leaders was interpreted as an act of defiance as well as a provocation.