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Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN) -- Defying warnings from the international community, North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Friday, but it broke apart before escaping the earth's atmosphere and fell into the sea, officials said.
"It flew about a minute, and it flew into the ocean," said Noriyuki Shikata, a spokesman for Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda. He added that Japanese authorities "have not identified any negative impacts, so far," though he said the international ramifications could be significant. "This is something that we think is a regrettable development," he said.
I checked the definition of the word in dictionary com and got no clue there:
Ramification | Define Ramification at Dictionary.com
Definition 1 doesn't help much.
Ramifications = consequences (usually negative consequences"
I know it's not like me to bang on about Latin, but ramus means 'bough', 'branch' or 'twig'