The Straits Times
Published on Dec 02, 2012

N. Korea notifies neighbours and Japan of rocket path: Report


SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea has notified neighbours including Japan of the trajectory of the rocket it plans to launch this month, a report said on Sunday, after international condemnation of the move by the nuclear-armed state.

The communist North announced on Saturday it would launch a rocket sometime between December 10 and 22 - its second long-range rocket launch this year after a much-hyped but botched attempt in April.

Washington and Seoul urged Pyongyang to scrap the launch while Tokyo reportedly postponed talks due next week with North Korea and ordered its military to prepare to shoot down the rocket if it goes over Japan.

"The North has notified aviation authorities in nations including Japan that could come under potential danger ... of the timing and expected path (of the rocket)," Yonhap news agency quoted an unnamed senior Seoul official as saying.