North Korea claims rocket launch readied to carry observation satellite

February 2, 2016 6:55 PM

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North Korea said Tuesday it planned to launch a satellite-carrying rocket as early as next week, a move that also could showcase potential advances in military-use technology less than a month after an apparent nuclear test.

A rocket launch — despite the North’s claims of a peaceful space program — would likely stir further alarm in the West and across Asia as another act of defiance by Pyongyang.

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