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Pentagon caginess over N. Korean launch puzzles experts

'Their own data shows very clearly that, yes, the satellite is in orbit'

(Washington Times) U.S. missile experts have noted the success of North Korea’s satellite launch late Tuesday, but the Pentagon has said it is still assessing the event to determine whether it was indeed a success.

The Pentagon’s hesitance has piqued the curiosity of some experts.

“Their own data shows very clearly that, yes, the satellite is in orbit,” Harvard University astrophysicist Jonathan McDowellsaid, noting that the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) issued a statement confirming the launch’s success. “I don’t understand what’s motivating [the Pentagon’s hesitance] Perhaps not wanting to say anything positive about North Korea.”

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