South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, center, talks with Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin, right, during an emergency meeting of the National Security Council at the presidential house in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. North Korea fired a long-range rocket Wednesday in its second launch under its new leader, South Korean officials said, defying warnings from the U.N. and Washington only days before South Korean presidential elections.(AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUT
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea's state broadcaster has announced on TV that Pyongyang's rocket launch was a success.
North Koreans watching TV in Pyongyang broke out into applause after the noon (0300GMT) broadcast Wednesday, about two hours after the launch from a west coast station.
State media said the Unha rocket sent a satellite into space. U.S. officials said they had no immediate confirmation that any device reached orbit.