The first stage of the rocket should, on detaching, fall in a place 140 kilometres west of the city of Buan, in North Jeolla Province, while the second stage, 136 kilometres east of the Philippines. Other elements of the rocket could fall 88 kilometres west of South Korea’s Jeju Island.
The North Korean authorities said in an official statement last week that they will launch a rocket carrier with a satellite on board between December 10 and 22. The blastoff time is between 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m. local time.
The Russian military has vowed to intercept the North Korean rocket if it goes astray, a high-ranking official with Russia’s defense ministry has told reporters.
North Korea is set to conduct a rocket launch on December 10-22. It has finished assembling the first stage of its three-stage rocket, which will allegedly put a scientific satellite into orbit.
The international community has accused Pyongyang of covertly trying to test a ballistic rocket.
Russia has called on North Korea to revise its decision to launch a long-range rocket.
“We are in no way questioning North Korea’s right for a peaceful space exploration. However it can only be carried out once this decision is cancelled. We are therefore urging North Korean government to reconsider the rocket launch,” a statement by Russia’s foreign ministry said Monday.
The whitepaper said Russia was sorry to hear about the upcoming satellite launch scheduled by North Korea's Korean Committee for Space Technology for December 10-22, in direct violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1874 that bans Pyongyang from long-range rocket launches.
Russia stressed that, as a UN member state, North Korea was to abide by Security Council’s legislation that was binding for all its members.
North Korea has installed the first of the three stages of a carrier-rocket it will launch from the Sohae Space Centre between the10th and 22nd of December, according to the Yonhap South Korean news agency.
Pyongyang said in an official statement last week that it would launch the Kwanmyongsong-32 satellite for research purposes.
In April this year, North Korea already launched a booster with a satellite in circumvention of the UN Security Council resolution that bans Pyongyang from launching long-range rockets involving the use of ballistic technologies. The rocket fell apart within two minutes of liftoff, with the wreckage falling into the ocean off South Korea’s western coast.
North Korea has installed a rocket with a satellite on board on its Sohae Space Centre in the west of the country, according to the Yonhap South Korean news agency.
Pyongyang said in an official statement earlier that it would launch itsUnha-3 carrier-rocket from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. on one of the days between December 10 and 22.
North Korea launched a booster with a satellite in April this year in circumvention of the UN Security Council resolution banning Pyongyang from launching any long-range missiles involving the use of ballistic technologies.
The rocket fell apart within two minutes of liftoff. The wreckage fell into the ocean some 200 kilometres off South Korea’s western coast.
Japan has begun deploying an air-defence system on Okinawa Island to intercept the wreckage of a North Korean space rocket.
A Japanese naval ship left the Kure base in Hiroshima with thePatriotanti-aircraft and antimissile system on board. Japan will also deploy several destroyers with the Aegis antimissile system on board to monitor the rocket in the atmosphere.
The Japanese Self-Defence Forces will not bring down the rocket as long as it poses no threat to national security.
South Korea and the United States are using surveillance satellites and aircraft to enhance the monitoring of North Korea due to Pyongyang’s satellite launch plans.
The Korean Central News Agency reported plans Saturday to launch a rocket with a satellite on board between December 10 and 22.
The US State Department has urged North Korea to abide by international commitments and give up the plan to launch a long-range rocket.
In April this year, North Korea launched a rocket with a satellite on board in circumvention of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
The rocket fell apart within two minutes of liftoff, with the wreckage falling into the ocean 200 kilometres away from South Korea’s western coast.
North Korea has informed Japan that it will launch a rocket early morning one day between December 10 and 22, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency has reported today.
North Korea insists that the rocket, which it says will fly south over the Philippines and Australia and into orbit, will carry a communication satellite.
But the United States, South Korea and Japan are saying the launch is really a ballistic missile test. Japan has already warned they would shoot it down if it threatens Japanese territory.
The previous launch that North Korea carried out in April was a failure. The rocket broke up and splashed into the Yellow Sea just a minute or so after take-off.
China Sunday said it was concerned at North Korea's plans to launch a rocket later this month, state media reported.
China has expressed its concerns over North Korea's plans to launch a rocket later this month, local media said Sunday.
Xinhua news agency urged the countries of the region to act in a way that is more conducive to the stability of the Korean peninsula.
Saturday, North Korea announced its plans to put the Kwangmyŏngsŏng-3 satellite into orbit. The US, S.Korea and Japan have condemned the plans while Tokyo has even postponed talks with N.Korea and put the country’s air force on alert due to potential danger.
On Saturday, the spokesperson for the US Department of State Victoria Nuland said that if North Korea implements its plans to launch a carrier rocket with a satellite, this would be a threat to peace in the region.
North Korea is planning to launch this rocket some time between December 10 and 22.
“A North Korean 'satellite' launch would be a highly provocative act that threatens peace and security in the region," Ms. Nuland said. “Any North Korean launch using ballistic missile technology is in direct violation of U.N. Security Council Resolutions. The path to security for North Korea lies in investing in its people and abiding by its commitments and international obligations.”
On Saturday, Japanese Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto ordered the Japanese Self-Defense Forces to prepare for a possible interception of a North Korean long-range rocket,due to be launched between December 10 and 22.
A decision to this effect was made during the Japanese government’s emergency session in Tokyo.
Voice of Russia, ITAR-TASS, AFP, Interfax, RIA