N Korea predicted to move up rocket launch

South Korea says North Korea will launch rocket sooner than expected - between Feb. 7-14

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Missiles are taken on trucks past a stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, in Pyongyang on October 10, 2015.

The South Korean and Japanese governments declared on Saturday that North Korea is predicted to launch a long-range rocket that it says will carry an earth observation satellite between February 7-14, sooner than expected.

North Korea had earlier announced to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) that it would launch the rocket between Feb. 8-25. The announcement sparked international opposition from governments that see it as a long-range missile test.

Japan and South Korea said that North Korea was now saying the launch would take place some time between this Sunday and the following Sunday, Feb. 14.

The International Telecommunication Union, another UN agency, said that it was not aware of an amended time frame for the launch from North Korea.

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