Japan on alert as window opens for N. Korean rocket
TOKYO (AFP) - Japan said on Monday that it was on full alert over North Korea's planned rocket launch as a 13-day lift-off window opened, despite a suggestion from Pyongyang that it could delay the much-criticised move.
North Korea said on Sunday that the launch, originally scheduled for Dec 10-22, could be changed "for some reasons", giving no further details.
South Korea's Yonhap news agency, citing a government official in Seoul, later said the North had stopped all preparations at the launch site in the country's north-west.
Japan has deployed missile defence systems to intercept and destroy the rocket if it looks set to fall on its territory.