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North Korea Fires Long-Range Rocket

© 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 launched a long-range rocket from a launch site in the country’s northwest, media reported Sunday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the South Korean Yonhap news agency, the rocket is believed to have range of over 10,000 kilometers (6,213 miles).

Zil-130 truck carrying a North Korean drone believed to be modeled on the US-made MQM-107D drone, at the military parade marking the 100th birthday of late North Korea founder Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang. April 15, 2012. - Sputnik International
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Earlier this week, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) confirmed it had received North Korea’s notification of plans to launch a satellite between February 8 and 25. Pyongyang later changed the launch dates by one day.

According to the South Korean Yonhap news agency, the rocket is believed to have range of over 10,000 kilometers (6,213 miles).

North Korea's Kwangmyongsong satellite launch has sparked concern in Japan and South Korea, with South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok previously saying that Seoul would consider any of Pyongyang’s satellite launches as a ballistic missile test.

© AFP 2021 / JUNG YEON-JE People watch a news report on North Korea's first hydrogen bomb test at a railroad station in Seoul on January 6, 2016
People watch a news report on North Korea's first hydrogen bomb test at a railroad station in Seoul on January 6, 2016 - Sputnik International
People watch a news report on North Korea's first hydrogen bomb test at a railroad station in Seoul on January 6, 2016

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.

North Korea previously reported a successful satellite launch in 2012, in violation of a UN Security Council resolution. The resolution bans Pyongyang from launching rockets that may be used as long-range ballistic missiles carrying nuclear warheads.

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