Report: North Korea considers delaying rocket launch
A DigitalGlobe satellite image obtained March 30, 2012 of North Korea's launch site at Tongch’ang-ri.
December 8th, 2012
01:41 PM ET

Report: North Korea considers delaying rocket launch

From KJ Kwon

An announced rocket launch by North Korea this month may be delayed, officials there said Saturday, but did not give a reason for the change

North Korean scientists and technicians are "seriously examining the issue of readjusting the launching time" of a second long-range rocket this year, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported, citing a spokesman for the Korean Committee of Space Technology.

Despite the potential delay, preparations for a launch continue, the spokesman said.

No explanation for a change in plan was provided other than citing "some reasons" for a delay.

North Korea had said it would launch the rocket between Monday and December 22 in a fresh attempt to put a satellite in orbit. But other countries, including the United States, say the move is a cover for testing ballistic missile technology, which the United Nations has forbidden the North from doing.

Analysts have cited a number of possible reasons for Pyongyang's decision to carry out an unprecedented second launch this year, after a failed effort in April, including significant anniversaries related to the reclusive state's ruling dynasty.

Previous launch attempts by the North in 2006 and 2009 also failed to achieve their stated goal of putting a satellite in orbit and provoked international condemnation.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Name*Dustylyn Caswell

    So where is it aimed

    December 10, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  2. Steve

    They could be waiting on a parts from Russia, China, or Iran.

    December 8, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Reply
  3. Portland tony

    Some analysts attribute the delay to nothing more than a substantial amount of snow which has recently blanketed the launch site.....But then again who knows? This is as much a propaganda test flight as it is a scientific breakthrough. So they've got to get it right!

    December 8, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Reply

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