Yesterday's North Korean rocket launch was a failure, officials in Pyongyang confirmed today.
U.S., Japanese and South Korean observers all reported that the rocket broke up just over a minute into its launch, after its first stage had already separated.
"Initial indications are that the first stage of the missile fell into the sea 165km (105 miles) west of Seoul, South Korea," the North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) said in a statement.
North Korean officials say the rocket launch was intended to deploy a satellite in honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of national founder Kim Il-sung, but the U.N. and White House both raised concerns that the launch was test of long-range missile technology, which North Korea has been banned from conducting.
The White House condemned the launch in a statement, and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called it "deplorable."
The U.N. Security Council is due to meet later today to discuss the event.