North Korea defiantly carried out a rocket launch on Sunday that the US, Japan and other nations suspect was a cover for a test of its long-range missile technology. North Korea went ahead with the launch despite mounting international pressure to cancel the liftoff which US President Barack Obama warned on Friday would be a
Protesters scuffle with police officers during a rally against North Korea's missiles near the US Embassy in Seoul, South Korea on April 5, 2009.
South Korean police officers use fire extinguishers as protesters burn portraits of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il during a rally held against North Korea's rocket launch near the US embassy in Seoul.
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) soldiers react following North Korea's launch of a rocket at JGSDF Araya base in Akita.
South Korea, the US and Japan said earlier in the week they would take North Korea to the UN Security Council for an act they say is banned under a 2006 resolution barring Pyongyang from ballistic activity.