Category: World / December 13, 2012 9:36 AM EST
North Korea rattled the world on Wednesday (December 12) by putting a satellite into orbit using the kind of technology that appears to demonstrate it can develop a missile capable of hitting the United States.
The long-range rocket launched a satellite that is now orbiting the Earth normally but it is unknown whether it is functioning properly, South Korea said on Thursday..
The country's next step will likely be a nuclear test, which would be the third conducted by the reclusive and unpredictable state. Its 2009 test came on May 25, a month after a rocket launch.
The United Nations Security Council is to discuss how to respond to the launch, which it says is a breach of sanctions imposed in 2006 and 2009 that banned the isolated and impoverished state from missile and nuclear developments in the wake of its two nuclear weapons tests.