The Straits Times
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Published on Dec 11, 2012
 

North Korea removes rocket from launch pad: report

 
 

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea's heavily-criticised long range rocket launch looked set for a lengthy delay on Tuesday, with reports that the entire rocket had been removed from the launch pad for repair.

According to analysis of the latest satellite imagery, the entire three-stage Unha-3 carrier has been taken down and moved to a nearby assembly facility, South Korea's Yonhap news agency quoted a military source as saying.

"It seems that North Korea has pulled down the rocket from the launch pad to fix technical problems," the source said. Local radio and TV stations carried similar reports.

The South Korean Defence Ministry refused to confirm the reports which, if true, would signal a considerable delay in the launch schedule.