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DPRK seems to be disassembling long-range rocket

http://english.hebei.com.cn  2012-12-11 16:00

  Satellite images show the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) seems to be disassembling a long- range rocket it was planning to launch, South Korea's broadcaster YTN reported Tuesday.

  South Korean and U.S. forces are currently analyzing satellite images, an unspecified government source told YTN.

  The news comes as South Korea intensifies diplomatic efforts to stop the planned launch of a three-stage rocket mounted with a satellite, which Seoul and its ally Washington believe to be a disguised missile test.

  The DPRK, which says the launch is for peaceful scientific purposes only, recently announced it will extend the launch window by another week until Dec. 29 due to a "technical deficiency."

  Both the first anniversary of the death of late DPRK leader Kim Jong Il and South Korea's presidential election fall within the extended launch period.

  Pyongyang's previous launch mission in April ended in failure, as the three-stage rocket crashed into the sea shortly after the liftoff.

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