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North Korea To Test Long-Range Rocket


A TV shows a graphic of North Korea's rocket launch at a train station in Seoul in April

A TV shows a graphic of North Korea's rocket launch at a train station in Seoul in April

North Korea says it will launch a long-range rocket later this month.

State news agency KCNA said the launch of a rocket carrying a satellite would take place between December 10 and 22.

The launch will come ahead of a South Korean presidential election on December 19 and is close to the first anniversary of the death of former leader Kim Jong Il.

Pyongyang made a similar rocket launch in April but it was quickly aborted due to technical failures.

North Korea is banned from conducting missile or nuclear-related activities under UN resolutions.

Pyongyang says its launches are for peaceful purposes.

But the United States and South Korea believe the impoverished state is testing long-range missile technology in a bid to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters
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