North Korea plans rocket launch within days

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(CNN) — North Korea plans to launch a long-range rocket between December 10 and 22, a spokesman for the Korean Committee for Space Technology said Saturday, according to state-run media.

The rocket will launch from the Sohae Space Center and carry a “working satellite” into orbit, the report by news agency KCNA said.

The planned launch is unusual because it comes only months after a failed attempt in April and during the wintertime months.

On that occasion, Pyongyang also said the rocket was supposed to put a satellite into orbit, but the launch was seen by many other countries as cover for a ballistic missile test and drew international condemnation.

By the CNN Wire Staff
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