Despite consistent warnings from international powerhouses—including the U.S.—North Korea launched a rocket on Thursday, though U.S. officials have reported that the rocket broke apart after blasting off. Japan had said that it was prepared to shoot down the missile, but encouraged restraint following the launch, which occurred on Friday morning local time. Officials said the rocket made it off the launch pad, but broke up shortly thereafter. North Korea had claimed the 100-feet-tall missile was sending a weather satellite into orbit.
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