"North Korea failed in its much-hyped effort to launch a satellite into space Friday, undercutting its claims to be a "strong and prosperous" nation on the centennial of founder Kim Il Sung's birth.
After weeks of boasting by the country, the missile launched at 7:39 a.m. on a sunny, wind-free morning from a base near the west coast city of Sinuiju.
U.S. and South Korean intelligence reports say the rocket quickly broke up and splashed into the Yellow Sea.
"The missile traveled one to two minutes and broke apart in the air. It broke into 20 separate pieces," Shin Won-shik, a South Korean Defense Ministry official, said at a briefing Friday morning."
North Korea satellite launch fails quickly after liftoff - latimes.com
They look like an inept bunch of fools.