US officials say North Korea preparing missile launch: Report

An undated file picture provided by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the state news agency of North Korea, shows a surface-to-surface medium long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-10, also known by the name of Musudan missile, being laun
An undated file picture provided by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the state news agency of North Korea, shows a surface-to-surface medium long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-10, also known by the name of Musudan missile, being launched at an undisclosed location, North Korea. According to media reports on Oct 20 October, North Korea reportedly conducted a failed launch of a Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile on the same day near Kusong.PHOTO: EPA

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - North Korea is preparing to launch an intermediate range ballistic missile within the next three days, Fox Business Network reported on Tuesday, citing two unidentified US officials.

The communist nation planned the launch for between 24 and 72 hours, the cable network reported. It would be the latest in a series of launches by the isolated country this year in violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions, supported by China, that ban all ballistic missile-related activities by the North.