07 Apr '12, 4pm

N. Korea Preparing for Missile Launch: Security Website

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea may have moved the first stage of a long-range rocket on to its launch pad, ahead of its possible lift-off next week, according to a U.S. specialist website. The website 38 North, which covers the ostracized nation, said an April 4 photo of the launch site at Tongchang-ri in the country’s northwest indicated the first stage of the Unha-3 rocket, while not visible, may be placed in the gantry. The impoverished communist state says its rocket will put a peaceful satellite into orbit but the United States, South Korea and other nations see it as a pretext for a long-range missile test banned by the United Nations. The website said that commercial satellite photographs reveal the gantry’s work platform is now covered and closed around the mobile launch stand, indicating work is being conducted inside. While this makes it impossible to determine...

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