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.