North Korea Changes Satellite Launch Dates

© AP Photo / JUNG YEON-JEA man watches a news report on North Korea's planned rocket launch as the television screen shows file footage of North Korea's Unha-3 rocket which launched in 2012, at a railway station in Seoul on February 3, 2016
A man watches a news report on North Korea's planned rocket launch as the television screen shows file footage of North Korea's Unha-3 rocket which launched in 2012, at a railway station in Seoul on February 3, 2016 - Sputnik International
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North Korea has changed the dates of its expected satellite launch by one day, Japanese media said Saturday.

TOKYO (Sputnik) — On Saturday, Pyongyang informed the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) of planning the launch to take place between February 7 and 25, the NHK public broadcaster reported, quoting government sources.

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On Tuesday, the IMO said it had received North Korea’s notification of plans to launch a satellite between February 8 and 25.

The DPRK's satellite launch has sparked tension in the region, with South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok previously said that Seoul would consider any of Pyongyang’s satellite launches as a ballistic missile test.

Tensions over North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs escalated after Pyongyang said on January 6 that it had successfully carried out a hydrogen bomb test, triggering condemnation from the international community.

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