North Korea ‘Planning Satellite Launch’


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North Korea has announced plans to launch a satellite later this month, a UN agency says.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) says it has been notified of Pyongyang’s plans to launch a satellite between 8 and 25 February.

It comes after North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test on 6 January, drawing international condemnation.

Critics have called Pyongyang’s last satellite launch a cover for a test of ballistic missile technology.

Last week, US officials said that North Korea appeared to be preparing for a rocket launch, citing increased activity around the Sohae Satellite Launching Station, also known as Tongchang-ri.

North Korea has said its space programme is peaceful, but it is believed to be developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could strike the US.