Earth observation satellite Kwangmyongsong-3 launched by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) earlier Friday morning failed to enter orbit, the official KCNA news agency reported.
The satellite was launched at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station in Cholsan County, North Phyongan Province at 07:38 a.m. on Friday, said the report.
South Korea, the United States, and Japan earlier confirmed the failure of the DPRK rocket launch.
South Korea's Defense ministry spokesman Kim Min-seook said in a statement on Friday that the Unha-3 rocket appears to have separated into several pieces before crashing into the sea a few minutes after takeoff.
(China.org.cn, CNTV April 13, 2012)