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Asia Pacific N. Korea praises rocket; others view as covert missile test

Coming a month after the country claimed to have successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb, the launch could provoke tougher sanctions from the international community.

For North Korea's propaganda machine, the long-range rocket launch Sunday carved a glorious trail of "fascinating vapor" through the clear blue sky. For South Korea's president, and other world leaders, it was a banned test of dangerous ballistic missile technology and yet another "intolerable provocation."

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