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Friday, 14 December 2012 - 8:39
N. Korean leader urges more rocket launches
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North Korea's leader has ordered more satellite launches, two days after Pyongyang's long-range rocket launch triggered global outrage and UN condemnation.

Kim Jong-Un, who oversaw Wednesday's launch, said its success underscored the need for "to develop the country's science, technology and economy.

North Korea says it placed a satellite in orbit for peaceful research, but critics say the launch amounted to a banned ballistic missile test that marked a major advance for the communist state's nuclear weapons programme.

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