Saturday, April 4, 2009

N korea says it will launch satellite 'soon'

Updated at: 0934 PST, Saturday, April 04, 2009

SEOUL: North Korea said Saturday it has finished its preparations for a satellite launch which would go ahead "soon" keeping the world guessing on the timing of what critics see as a disguised missile test.The state Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said preparations for launching the communications satellite Kwangmyongsong-2 "have been completed" at a site in the northeast. "The satellite will be launched soon," it said, citing information from the Korean Committee of Space Technology. KCNA said the satellite would be carried by an Unha-2 (Galaxy-2) rocket -- known in the West as the Taepodong-2, which could theoretically reach Alaska or Hawaii at maximum range. Washington, Seoul and Tokyo have vowed to refer a launch to the UN Security Council as a breach of a resolution passed after the North's 2006 missile and nuclear tests.

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