North Korea 'planning satellite launch'
February 2, 2016 5:36 pm
North Korea has announced plans to launch a satellite later this month, a UN agency says.
Washington described the launch plan as an “egregious violation” of a UN ban on missile launches in the country and called for more sanctions.
North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear bomb test on 6 January, drawing international condemnation.
Critics called Pyongyang’s last satellite launch a cover for a test of ballistic missile technology.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) says it was notified of Pyongyang’s plans to launch a satellite between 8 and 25 February.
US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia Daniel Russel said the planned launch argued “even more strongly” for tougher UN sanctions.