TOKYO (Sputnik) – The Japanese government later announced that fragments of the rocket fell not far from the Japanese and South Korean territory.
"We recorded its flight over the Okinawa airspace," the minister said.
Earlier this week, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) confirmed it had received North Korea’s notification of plans to launch a satellite between February 8 and 25. Pyongyang later changed the launch dates by one day.
North Korea previously reported a successful satellite launch in 2012, in violation of a UN Security Council resolution. The resolution bans Pyongyang from launching rockets that may be used as long-range ballistic missiles carrying nuclear warheads.