North Korea earlier claimed success in launching a communications satellite into space.
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State-run media say today that the satellite was
already transmitting data and patriotic odes to leader Kim Jong Il and
national founder Kim Il Sung.
U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese leader Taro
Aso have called the launch a provocative move that violates a UN
Security Council resolution barring North Korea from ballistic
A UN Security Council session is set for this afternoon in New York.