Launch fuels security concerns

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North Korea successfully launched a long-range rocket on Wednesday, December 12, defying UN sanctions threats and raising security concerns in Asia. US officials said they believed the launch is part of North Korea’s plans to develop long-range missiles that could eventually carry nuclear warheads capable of threatening US allies in Asia and the US west coast.  The rocket flew over Japan’s airspace with part of it crashing in the ocean near the Philippines, which condemned the launch. India also condemned North Korea’s actions, but on the same day tested its own missile. 

Read more about the launch, the Philippine reaction and India’s actions – all on Rappler.