NOTE: Updates as they become available are being provided below.
KBS is reporting that North Korea has launched their long range rocket today:
North Korea has launched a long-range rocket. A South Korean official says the North fired the Eunha-3 rocket from a launch site at Dongchang-ri, Cheolsan County, North Pyeongan Province at 9:51 a.m. Wednesday.
The official said South Korean and American intelligence authorities are tracking the trajectory of the rocket and trying to confirm whether the launch is a success or a failure.
North Korea claims the rocket launch is aimed at putting a satellite into orbit, but South Korea and the United States believe that the rocket launch is a cover for a long-range missile test. [KBS Global]
If true this means that a lot of people in the media were wrong in regards to how long it was going to take the North Koreans to repair their rocket. It is going to be interesting to see if this rocket launch was a success or not for the North Koreans. I will post more updates as they become available.
UPDATE #1: On Twitter I am seeing reports that the Japanese media is reporting that the rocket has flown over Okinawa. If true this rocket has definitely performed far better than their past attempts.
UPDATE: #2: According to Yonhap News Agency the rocket has landed in the ocean near the Philippines. I am thinking this could just be debris and not proof of a failed launch.
UPDATE #3: The Wall Street Journal is confirming the rocket did fly over Okinawa.
UPDATE #4: Yonhap is now reporting that it may just have been rocket debris landing near the Philippines. This makes sense because debris was expected to land near the Philippines.
UPDATE #5: On Twitter there is a report that the South Koreans are about to announce that the North Korean rocket launch was a success.
UPDATE #6: North Korea says that its satellite has successfully entered orbit.
UPDATE #7: Chico Harlan is reporting that the rocket launch appears to be a success but that the ROK Defense Ministry is saying that its apparent success should still be checked.