North Korea successfully launches long-range rocket

North Korea has launched a long-range rocket and according to its official news agency, the launch was a success and a satellite is now in orbit. 

Citing a government source, Yonhap said the rocket took off from the Sohae satellite launch centre this morning. 

The Japanese government said the missile had passed Okinawa around 12 minutes after take-off. 

No interception was launched by Tokyo. 

But chief government spokesman Osamu Fujimura said Japan's government found the launch intolerable. 

Britain also said it deplored the North's rocket launch, and said it would summon the country's UK ambassador to the Foreign Office. 

In Seoul, President Lee Myung-Bak called an emergency meeting of his National Security Council to discuss the implications of the launch.