Both China and the United States have condemned North Korea’s ballistic missile test. The US termed the launch “highly provocative” and said it was “yet another example of North Korea’s pattern of irresponsible behavior.”
“North Korea is only further isolating itself by engaging in such provocative acts,” said White House National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor.
North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) officials said North Korea appeared to have successfully launched "an object" into orbit as its leaders had claimed. Previously North Korean leaders have claimed success in launching satellites when in reality the satellites fell into the ocean.