South Koreans at Seoul Railway Station watch TV broadcast reporting nation's first successful rocket launch Jan. 30, 2013 / AP
SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea says it has successfully launched a satellite into orbit from its own soil for the first time.
high-stakes launch comes just weeks after archrival North Korea
successfully launched its own satellite to the surprise of the world.
Korean liftoffs in 2009 and 2010 failed. Two more recent launch
attempts were aborted at the last minute because of technical problems.
attempt came amid increased tension on the Korean Peninsula over North
Korea's threat to explode its third nuclear device. Pyongyang is angry
over tough new international sanctions over the Dec. 12 long-range
rocket launch that delivered its satellite.
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