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Protesters burn a mock rocket as police officers spray fire extinguishers during a rally in Seoul, South Korea.PHOTO:AP
Protesters burn a mock rocket as police officers spray fire extinguishers during a rally in Seoul, South Korea.PHOTO:AP

South Korea's navy has launched a salvage operation in the Yellow Sea to retrieve debris from North Korea's long-range rocket launch, military officials said on Thursday.

The first stage of the North's Unha-3 rocket launched on Wednesday fell in the sea off the Korean peninsula, while the second splashed down east of the Philippines. "Our navy discovered what appeared to be a part from the first stage of North Korea's rocket in the Yellow Sea Wednesday afternoon," a defence ministry spokesman told AFP.

"A salvage operation is now under way to retrieve it," he said, declining to give details. The chunk of the debris was found on the sea bed, some 160 kilometers west of the southwestern port of Gunsan, Yonhap news agency said, at a depth of around 80 meters (260 feet).AFP


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