North Korea’s spy satellite launch fails and sparks panic in South Korea and Japan.
The rocket, named Cheollima-1, broke apart over the West Sea after a problem with its second-stage engine.
Seoul mistakenly issued an evacuation order as sirens sounded across the city. Tokyo also warned its citizens to take shelter as the missile flew over Okinawa.
North Korea said the satellite was meant to monitor the US and its allies’ military activities. Experts say the launch was a cover for testing banned long-range missiles.