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Long-range missile test

Don't overreact to North Korea missile launch

A soldier stands guard in front of a rocket sitting on a launch pad at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site. Photo: Reuters

Regional tensions over South China Sea territorial disputes have distracted attention from North Korea. The reclusive nuclear state has reminded the world that it is still a volatile element in the mix by announcing a rocket launch between December 10 and 22.

Friday, 7 December, 2012, 4:10am

Japan deploys destroyers for N Korea rocket

Officers of the Ground Self-Defence Force (SDF) walk in front of Japan's Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile launcher in Tokyo on Thursday. Photo: AFP

Japan on Thursday dispatched three destroyers to waters over which North Korea says its satellite-bearing rocket will travel.

6 Dec 2012 - 4:37pm

North Korea completes rocket installation

A North Korean soldier stands in front of an Unha-3 rocket, slated for lift-off as early as next week, at a launching site in Tongchang-ri. Photo: AP

North Korea has completed installing a long-range rocket on its launch pad, ahead of its planned launch this month in defiance of widespread international condemnation, a report said on Wednesday.

All three stages of the Unha-3 rocket have been placed on the pad at the North’s Sohae satellite launch station, a South Korean government source told Yonhap news agency.

5 Dec 2012 - 3:59pm

Russia, China urge North Korea to drop rocket launch plan

Engineers check the top of a rocket sitting on a launch pad at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site, northwest of Pyongyang, in April. Photo: Reuters

Russia and China urged North Korea on Monday not to go ahead with a plan for its second rocket launch of this year, with Moscow saying any such move would violate restrictions imposed by the UN Security Council.

4 Dec 2012 - 9:28am

Russia urges North Korea to reconsider rocket launch

A satellite image showing North Korea's Dongchang-ri missile launch site, located in the North Pyongan province, bordering China on Sunday. Photo: EPA

Russia on Monday strongly urged North Korea to reconsider its plan to launch a rocket this month as Pyongyang installed the first stage of the missile on the launch pad.

3 Dec 2012 - 4:01pm 1 comment

Japan readies missile defence over North Korean rocket

Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) land-to-air missiles are deployed at the Defence Ministry in Tokyo in April. Photo: Reuters

Tokyo has begun deploying a surface-to-air missile defence system and is putting its armed forces on standby ahead of a planned North Korean missile launch this month.

3 Dec 2012 - 2:36pm

China expresses 'concern' at North Korea's planned missile launch

North Korea's Dongchang-ri missile launch site, bordering China, in a satellite photograph taken yesterday. Photo: EPA

China yesterday said it was concerned at North Korea's plans to launch a rocket later this month, state media reported, while Pyongyang reportedly notified neighbours including Japan of the planned trajectory.

3 Dec 2012 - 4:27am

N Korea plans rocket launch as leader asserts power

A soldier stands guard in front of a rocket sitting on a launch pad at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site, northwest of Pyongyang, in April. Photo: Reuters

North Korea is to carry out its second rocket launch of this year as its youthful leader Kim Jong-un flexes his muscles a year after his father’s death, in a move that will likely heighten diplomatic tensions and draw criticism from Washington.

1 Dec 2012 - 8:45pm

North Korea may test missile next week

A satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe and annotated by 38 North shows the Sohae Satellite Launch Station in Cholsan County on Monday. Photo: AP

Fresh analysis of new satellite imagery confirms apparent North Korean preparations for an imminent long-range missile test – perhaps as early as next week – a US think tank said on Friday.

Speculation over a new test, following a failed launch in April, has intensified in recent weeks and drew a sharp warning on Thursday from the UN Security Council to Pyongyang.

30 Nov 2012 - 6:43pm