USSTRATCOM statement on PRNK launch

From: Marco Langbroek (
Date: Wed Dec 12 2012 - 08:02:19 UTC

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    USSTRATCOM statement on N-Korea launch:
    Indeed says an object reached active orbit:
    NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs
    December 11, 2012
    PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - North American Aerospace Defense Command 
    officials acknowledged today that U.S. missile warning systems detected and 
    tracked the launch of a North Korean missile at 7:49 p.m. EST. The missile was 
    tracked on a southerly azimuth. Initial indications are that the first stage 
    fell into the Yellow Sea. The second stage was assessed to fall into the 
    Philippine Sea. Initial indications are that the missile deployed an object that 
    appeared to achieve orbit. At no time was the missile or the resultant debris a 
    threat to North America.
    - Marco
    Dr Marco Langbroek  -  SatTrackCam Leiden, the Netherlands.
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