North Korea unveils rocket for satellite launch attempt
Posted: Mon, Apr 9, 2012, 7:40 AM ET (1140 GMT)
North Korean officials, in a rare display of openness, showed off to foreign visitors Sunday a rocket they plan to launch later this week. Foreign journalists were given access to the launch site at Tongchang-ri in northwestern North Korea, where a Unha-3 rocket is being prepared for launch. North Korean officials say they plan to launch the rocket between April 12 and 16, placing a small satellite into a near-polar 500-kilometer orbit on a remote sensing mission. The governments of several nations, including the United States, Japan, and South Korea, object to the launch, which they claim is primarily a test of long-range missile technology. North Korea claimed to have launched satellites twice previously, in 1998 and 2009, but both launches appeared to have failed to place objects in orbit.
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