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North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un Preparing to Launch a New, Long-Range Rocket

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North Korea has begun fuelling a rocket for a launch condemned by the West

North Korea has begun fuelling a rocket for a launch condemned by the West


PYONGYANG – According to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un is preparing to launch a new, long-range rocket, possibly in October, having completed an upgrade at its main satellite launch base, .

Any such launch would almost certainly be viewed by the international community as a disguised ballistic missile test and result in the imposition of fresh sanctions.

Quoting an unnamed government source, Yonhap cited “credible intelligence” that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un had ordered the launch of a satellite to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party on October 10.

“We think (the North) will carry out a provocation around the 70th anniversary,” the source said.

The South Korean Defense Ministry declined to confirm or deny the Yonhap report.

“As to the construction of North Korea’s long-range missile launching facilities, we’ve been watching the North’s moves very closely,” a ministry spokesman said.

According to the Yonhap source, North Korea has completed work on an extended 67-metre (220-foot) gantry capable of handling a rocket twice the size of the 30-metre Unha-3 rocket launched in December, 2012.

The Unha-3 launch was widely condemned overseas as a ballistic missile test and triggered additional UN sanctions.

North Korea, which insisted the launch was purely scientific in nature, responded three months later by conducting its a third nuclear test — the most powerful to date.

North Korea is banned under UN Security Council resolutions from carrying out any launch using ballistic missile technology, although repeated small-range missile tests have gone unpunished.

The upgrading of facilities at the Sohae launch center have been closely monitored by satellite imagery analysts at the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University.

In a recent report, the institute estimated that an October 10 launch would be “difficult although not impossible”.

North Korea, meanwhile, has made its intentions very clear.

Visiting a newly-built satellite command center in May, Kim Jong-Un had vowed to push ahead with further satellite launches despite the sanctions threat.

“Space development can never be abandoned, no matter who may oppose it,” Kim said.

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