Some 70 foreign journalists who went to North Korea between April 6 and 7 in the hope of witnessing the scheduled rocket launch left disappointed and were not even at the launch site on Friday morning. News of the failed launch reached South Korea at 8:25 a.m., but the reporters in Pyongyang were left in ignorance.
The regime pretended that it knew nothing when the journalists complained and told them to report to the Yanggakdo Hotel, where it would make an official announcement before 9 a.m. But they were offered no explanation. The official [North] Korean Central News Agency reported the failure at 12:03 p.m., and the press conference was finally held at 1:40 p.m.
The reporters had to settle for the unveiling of gigantic statues of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il in Mansudae at 6 p.m. on Friday.