North Korea plans satellite launch

2016-02-02 18:05
The rocket Unha-3, carrying the satellite Kwangmyongsong-3, being monitored on a large screen at a satellite control centre in Cholsan county, North Pyongan province in North Korea. (KCNA VIA KNS/ AFP

The rocket Unha-3, carrying the satellite Kwangmyongsong-3, being monitored on a large screen at a satellite control centre in Cholsan county, North Pyongan province in North Korea. (KCNA VIA KNS/ AFP

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Seoul - An international agency says North Korea has declared plans to launch an Earth observation satellite on a rocket later this month.

This kind of rocket launch would cause international outrage because such tests are seen by the United Nations and other critics as covers for banned long-range missile tests meant to further North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

An official at the London-based International Maritime Organisation said North Korea declared that an Earth observation satellite launch would be conducted between February 8 and 25.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because she hadn't been authorised to speak publicly yet.

Japan's Kyodo News agency reported that North Korea also notified the Geneva-based International Telecommunication Union "via diplomatic channels" that it will launch a satellite later this month.

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