SEOUL - South Korea's presidential office says North
Korea's satellite did not reach orbit as the communist country claims.


North Korea earlier claimed success in launching a communications satellite into space.

 

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
missile-related activities.


A UN Security Council session is set for this afternoon in New York.

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