A North Korean animated female anchor appears exhilarated as she describes the rocket launch, which was reported by state media as the successful positioning of a weather satellite in space.
The video clip has been watched over 130,000 times on YouTube.
In the U.S., the White House labeled the rocket test a “highly provocative act that threatens regional security”.
North Korea’s Unha-3 rocket, named after the Korean word for “galaxy”, blasted off from the Sohae launch pad in Tongchang-ri, north-west of Pyongyang, yesterday.
Pride in the scientific advancement appeared to outweigh the fear of greater international punishment and isolation, with people dancing in the streets in Pyongyang as vans drove around announcing the news.