International condemnation hasn't put North Korea off celebrating its successful rocket launch on Wednesday. Pyongyang believes the launch is evidence that North Korea is a world power.
Pope Francis ended his visit to South Korea, urging Koreans to unite as "one people" and put their suspicions of each other to one side. The address came as the South launched a military drill with the US.
Washington has called on North Korea to release three detained US citizens, citing "humanitarian concern." The men all appeared in interviews with Western media, and appealed for more help from US officials.
Pope Francis has told Koreans that diplomacy and not "displays of force" is the path to peace on the divided peninsula. The message appeared lost on North Korea, which launched missiles into the sea.
Pope Francis has urged deprecators like China, Vietnam and North Korea to accept Christian Catholicism, which in Asia accounts for only 3 percent of the population. He issued his appeal in South Korea.
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