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North Korea advances 'satellite' launch

February 6, 2016 6:14 pm

North Korea has brought forward the possible date of a controversial “satellite” launch to as early as Sunday, regional governments say.

The secretive state will launch the satellite-bearing rocket between 7-14 February, the Japanese government has said, according to reports.

Pyongyang previously said the launch would take place between 8-25 February.

The planned launch has been condemned by world powers, which say it is a cover for testing a ballistic missile.

North Korea did not inform international organisations of any other changes in its plan and the rocket’s expected flight path remains the same, said South Korea’s defence ministry.

The South has warned the North that it will “pay a harsh price” if it goes ahead with its plan to launch the satellite.