North Korea celebrates satellite launch.


North Koreans celebrated the country's successful launch of a satellite into orbit with an official fireworks display in Pyongyang Monday tonight. "We hope that the future of our space technology keeps growing and shines like these fireworks in the sky," an announcer on the North Korean broadcaster said during coverage of the celebrations in the capital.

The launch of the long-range rocket on Sunday triggered a wave of international condemnation and prompted strong reaction from an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council.

Though North Korea said the launch was for scientific and "peaceful purposes," it is being widely viewed by other nations as a front to test a ballistic missile, especially coming on the heels of North Korea's purported hydrogen bomb test last month.

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