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South Korea aborts rocket launch

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea has aborted its first domestic rocket launch just minutes before today's scheduled liftoff.

A science ministry spokesman says the launch was delayed for technical reasons.

The two-stage rocket is called the Naro and was built with Russian help. The domestically built satellite would have observed the atmosphere and oceans.

A launch would have raised tensions with rival North Korea. The North was criticized for firing its own rocket months ago.

Officials say they hope a new launch attempt can take place within days.

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