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N. Korea preparing for missile launch: Media report

Published on Nov 23, 2012 10:57 AM
 
In this Apr 15, 2012 file photo, a North Korean vehicle carrying what appears to be a new missile passes by during a mass military parade in the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang to celebrate 100 years since the birth of the late North Korean founder Kim Il Sung. -- PHOTO : AP

TOKYO (AFP) - United States satellites have picked up signs that North Korea is preparing to launch a long-range missile, a Japanese newspaper reported on Friday.

North Korea moved missile parts from its military factory in Pyongyang to a launch pad in Tongchang-ri in the country's far northwest early November, the Asahi Shimbun said.

The US government has already informed its counterparts in Japan and South Korea about the move, the daily said, adding that the three countries had increased vigilance.

The developments came after North Korea carried out a failed rocket launch in April in what the communist state said was an attempt to put a satellite into orbit from the same launch pad. According to the daily, images of the shipment recently taken by US satellites were similar to one used in the April launch.

 
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