• North Koreans applaud as they watch an electronic screen announcing the launch of a satellite on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, at the Pyongyang Railway Station in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea on Sunday defied international warnings and launched a long-range rocket that the United Nations and others call a cover for a banned test of technology for a missile that could strike the U.S. mainland. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)

    Storms may brew, but in N. Korea pride over new satellite

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Hours after the rest of the world already knew, North Korea’s state media triumphantly announced in a special news bulletin to the nation Sunday it had successfully launched a satellite into orbit, calling it a major milestone in the nation’s history and the “greatest gift of loyalty” to the country’s young leader, Kim Jong Un.

  • People watch a TV news reporting a rocket launch in North Korea, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. For North Korea's propaganda machine, the long-range rocket launch Sunday carved a glorious trail of "fascinating vapor" through the clear blue sky. For South Korea's president, and other world leaders, it was a banned test of dangerous ballistic missile technology and yet another "intolerable provocation." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    The Latest: S. Korea to begin talks on US missile defense

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on North Korea’s launch of a long-range rocket (all times local):

    Updated: 9:28 pm

  • In this image released by Japan's Kyodo News agency, an unidentified object is photographed in the sky from Dandong, China, near the North Korean border, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, at the same time a North Korea rocket was allegedly launched. North Korea on Sunday defied international warnings and launched a long-range rocket that the United Nations and others call a cover for a banned test of technology for a missile that could strike the U.S. mainland. (Minoru Iwasaki/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

    N. Korea praises launch, others see as covert missile test

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The U.N. Security Council condemned North Korea’s launch of a long-range rocket that world leaders called a banned test of ballistic missile technology and another “intolerable provocation.” The U.N.’s most powerful body pledged to quickly adopt a new resolution with “significant” new sanctions.

    Updated: 7:35 pm

  • A screen advertising a demilitarized zone (DMZ) train tour is displayed near Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Another big North Korea news story, another collective yawn from South Koreans. Many in the South either don’t know or don’t care about their rival’s declared plan to launch a rocket this month that the world sees as a banned test of a ballistic missile that could hit the United States. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    Analysis: AP bureau chiefs in Koreas on planned launch

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — It’s another big, splashy step for the North Korean government: a planned rocket launch the world will see as a banned test of long-range missile technology that comes only weeks after testing what it said was a hydrogen bomb.

  • A screen advertising a demilitarized zone (DMZ) train tour is displayed near Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Another big North Korea news story, another collective yawn from South Koreans. Many in the South either don’t know or don’t care about their rival’s declared plan to launch a rocket this month that the world sees as a banned test of a ballistic missile that could hit the United States. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    Analysis: AP bureau chiefs in Koreas on planned launch

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — It’s another big, splashy step for the North Korean government: a planned rocket launch the world will see as a banned test of long-range missile technology that comes only weeks after testing what it said was a hydrogen bomb.

  • IN this Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 file photo, a man walks past a PAC-3 Patriot missile unit deployed for North Korea's rocket launch at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo. Japan has deployed PAC-3 missile batteries in the heart of Tokyo to defend its airspace from incoming rocket debris. South Korea is reportedly mobilizing two Aegis-equipped destroyers. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)

    Experts say launch won’t bring N. Korea much closer to ICBM

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan has deployed PAC-3 missile batteries in the heart of Tokyo to shoot down any incoming rocket debris. South Korea is reportedly mobilizing two Aegis-equipped destroyers. The U.S. is already gunning to punish Pyongyang for what it says will be a ballistic missile test in the guise of a space launch.

  • A North Korean flag flies in the propaganda village of Gijungdong as a U.S. Army soldier stands guard at Taesungdong freedom village near the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. South Korea and Japan vowed to shoot down any debris that falls on their territories from a long-range rocket that North Korea plans to fire this month, with Seoul saying Thursday that it has detected launch preparations by Pyongyang. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    Seoul, Tokyo threaten to intercept N. Korean rocket debris

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and Japan vowed to shoot down any debris that falls on their territories from a long-range rocket that North Korea plans to fire this month, with Seoul saying Thursday that it has detected launch preparations by Pyongyang.

  • North Korea’s rocket plans seen as disrespectful of China

    BEIJING (AP) — North Korea’s announcement of plans to launch a long-range rocket made during a visit to Pyongyang by a top Chinese envoy will likely be seen as yet another sign of gross disrespect toward its chief ally.

  • South Koreans watch a TV news program with a file footage about North Korea's rocket launch plans, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. South Korea warned on Wednesday of "searing" consequences if North Korea doesn't abandon plans to launch a long-range rocket that critics call a banned test of ballistic missile technology.  The headline on the screen reads "North Korea plans to launch a missile." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    South Korea warns North Korea not to launch satellite

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Thursday it has detected preparations by rival North Korea to fire a long-range rocket and warned that Seoul will shoot down any rocket parts flying over South Korean territory.

  • In this July 26, 2013, photo, North Korean soldiers are silhouetted against model versions of the Unha 3 space launch vehicle which successfully delivered North Korea’s first satellite into Earth orbit, and the Unha 9, right, which would carry a lunar orbiter, on display at an annual flower show held in honor of national founder Kim Il Sung and his son Kim Jong Il, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Less than a month after its purported H-bomb test, the exact nature of which still has foreign analysts guessing, attention is now focused on whether North Korea is readying a rocket launch. There are indications including the construction of a new and taller gantry, visible in commercial satellite imagery that it could be a bigger and better version of the Unha 3 space launch vehicle that lifted off from the Sohae facility in 2012, on the west coast of North Korea. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    North Korea getting better at hiding nuke, rocket tests

    TOKYO (AP) — Less than a month after its purported H-bomb test, North Korea announced Tuesday it is planning a rocket launch as soon as next week. Though speculation of a launch had been growing for about a week, experts say that with underground railways, giant tarps and a movable launch pad structure in place the North is getting a lot better at hiding its preparations.