South Korea said Friday its navy found a remnant of the rocket launched by North Korea, according to the Associated Press.
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North Korea's Wednesday launch was widely condemned by the international community over concerns that it was really a cover for ballistic missile activity.
Hence the importance of South Korea's find. Defense ministry spokesman Kim Min-Seok today said the "debris is expected to be an important piece of information in determining North Korea's rocket capability,'' reported the AP.
South Korean experts will work with a US team specialized in Soviet missile technology to analyze the item, according to Agence-France Press.
The item appears to be part of a fuel tank and is emblazoned with the word "Unha-3," said the AP.
It was found in a sea bed about 260 feet dee,p some 100 miles west of the country's southwestern Gunsan port city, AFP said, citing Yonhap news agency.
North Korea says this week's rocket launch was part of its space program.