North Korea launch likely delayed 10 days: institute
WASHINGTON (AP) - North Korea's planned launch of a long-range rocket could be delayed for 10 days or more after it reported technical delays, a US academic institute said on Tuesday.
Satellite photos from Monday indicate activity at the Sohae site on the north-western coast probably related to removal of the rocket from the launch pad for repairs.
An analysis written for 38 North, the website of the US-Korean Institute at John Hopkins Advanced International Studies, predicted it's likely to take until Wednesday or Thursday to remove the Unha-3 rocket and more than a week to repair it, meaning a launch is unlikely before Dec 21-22.
North Korea has said it plans to fire a satellite into space on the three-stage rocket, defying a UN ban. It was scheduled for launch between Dec 10-22 but state media reported that technical problems prompted it to extend the liftoff window until Dec 29.