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North Korea hailed an "epochal event" but its latest long-range rocket launch Sunday prompted international anger and plans for talks on a missile defence system for the peninsula. Pyongyang's state TV said it successfully put a satellite into orbit, "legitimately exercising the right to use space for independent and peaceful purposes". Many others saw a clear defiance of multiple UN resolutions -- a disguised test of a ballistic missile which could one day deliver a weapon as far as the US mainland.
North Korea said Sunday it had successfully put a satellite into orbit, with a rocket launch widely condemned as a disguised ballistic missile test for a weapons delivery system to strike the US mainland. The launch, which violated multiple UN resolutions, amounted to the North doubling down against an international community already struggling to punish Pyongyang for its nuclear test a month ago. In a special state TV broadcast, a female North Korean announcer, wearing a traditional Korean hanbok dress, hailed the "epochal" launch, personally ordered by leader Kim Jong-Un.
Rescuers raced Sunday to free more than 120 people buried under the rubble of an apartment complex felled by an earthquake in southern Taiwan that left 24 confirmed dead, as an investigation began into the collapse. The death toll rose as emergency workers dug for survivors of the 6.4-magnitude quake that toppled the 16-storey complex of almost 100 homes in the city of Tainan on Saturday. Officials said an investigation had been launched as questions were raised over the safety of the residential blocks in the complex.