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.