North Korea announces satellite launch in early April

March 12th, 2009 - 12:12 pm ICT by IANS  

Seoul, March 12 (DPA) North Korea informed an international shipping organisation that it intends to launch a satellite at the beginning of April, South Korean media reported Thursday.
The International Maritime Organisation was told that the carrier rocket of the Kwangmyongson-2 satellite would be fired between April 4 and 8, the Yonhap News Agency reported, citing intelligence sources.

South Korea and the US said North Korea has been preparing for weeks for a launch, but they said it plans to instead test-fire an intercontinental ballistic missile that is potentially capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and reaching the western coast of the US.

North Korea’s state-controlled Korean Central News Agency said Pyongyang had informed the shipping safety group, the International Civil Aviation Organisation and other international organisations of the upcoming launch, without mentioning a date for it.

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