|Published:||Apr 13, 2012 12:09 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Apr 13, 2012 12:09 PM EDT|
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - North Korea's news agency says the country's rocket experts are looking into what went wrong with today's launch that quickly ended in failure.
The rocket splintered into pieces over the Yellow Sea soon after takeoff.
In an unusual admission -- both to the North Korean people and to the outside world -- North Korea acknowledged hours after the failed launch that its satellite hadn't entered orbit. Officials there had said the launch was meant to send up a satellite to study crops and weather patterns.
World leaders have denounced the launch, saying it was a test of missile technology and a violation of international resolutions keeping the North from developing nuclear and missile programs. The United States says it's suspending plans to give food aid to the North in exchange for a rollback in its nuclear programs.
The U.N. Security Council has scheduled an emergency meeting for later today.