April 06, 2012 09:07
North Korea has apparently begun readying what it says is a space rocket for launch and taking it to the launch pad in Tongchang-ri, North Pyongan Province, a government source here said Thursday. The source added the rocket is likely to be placed on the launch pad on Friday or Saturday.
An underground tank near the launch pad has already been filled with liquid fuel, and the three stages of the rocket have been fully assembled. It will take one or two days to put the missile together on the launch pad, where it is fueled one or two days before the launch.
South Korean officials believe the North will launch the rocket on any clear day between April 12 and 16.
Meanwhile, North Korea's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland has denounced South Korea's preparations to intercept the rocket if it strays off course a "futile military provocation” and warned it will "sternly punish" any such attempt.
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