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North Korea launches rocket, US officials confirm

North Korea’s attempt Friday to launch a rocket has failed, according to U.S. officials.

Data suggests the rocket broke up in mid-flight inside the Earth’s atmosphere. Officials tell Fox News the rocket did not fall into any populated areas, suggesting it fell into the ocean.

A 2009 attempt by North Korea to launch a rocket also failed, during its third stage.

The U.N. Security Council will hold a meeting Friday to discuss a possible response the launch, council diplomats said.

The window for North Korea’s most recent rocket launch was scheduled during a week aimed at celebrating Sunday’s centennial birth of Kim Ill Sung, the country’s late founder.

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