North Korea launched it's highly controversial rocket launch that took off early this morning. However, the rocket broke into two parts, dropping into the sea, just two minutes after the launch according to CNN. CBS is reporting that the three-stage rocket's first stage burned but the second stage failed to ignite.
Korea called the launch an inspiring deed and a event of historical significance. CBS reported that the launch was a gift to late founder Kim II Sung.
According to ABC, in a rare move by Pyongyang, the government acknowledged the long-range test rocket failed after U.S. and South Korean officials reported that the rocket disintegrated.
The launch drew a lot of negative responsives from the U.S. and other countries in the region. CNN reported that the U.S., South Korea, and Japan said the rocket launch was a cover for a long-range ballistic missile test.
In response to the failed launch, the United Nations called the act deplorable. Officials from the United States and the U.N. will meet today to discuss North Korea's botched long-range missile launch.
The failed launch has sparked an international search effort for debris in order to gain knowledge on what went wrong and what type of rocket technology North Korea has.
With the failure, North Korea could try and redeem themselves with a nuclear test. CBS reports say that that is exactly what the North Korean government did in 2006 and 2009. Experts suspect that because of the failure, the government is under even more pressure to plan something else.
The White House press secretary said that the latest launch "threatens regional security, violates internaional law, and contravenes its own recent commitments."
The Obama administration also said that the launch prevents the United States from following through a deal reached in Februrary to provide much needed food aid to North Korea.