North Korea’s state-run media has enthusiastically welcomed the launch of a long-range rocket on Wednesday morning, confirming the mission as a success.
Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) announced on that the take off of the Unha-3 rocket, carrying a satellite intended for orbit, went off without a hitch.
"The second version of satellite Kwangmyongsong-3 successfully lifted off from Sohae Space Station in Cholsan County, North Phyongan Province by Unha-3 carrier rocket on 12 December," the newsreader gleefully announced.
The agency also confirmed the launch on its website, where it added that the satellite had "entered its preset orbit".
The announcement came on a special broadcast for the launch on the news agency's channel.
KCNA reported on 1 December that the country was set to test the new rocker at some point in December - insisting that scientists had "analysed the mistakes" and ensuring a successful mission this time round.