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    Pyongyang has notified the International Maritime Organization about its plans to launch a satellite in February, a spokesperson for the organization said Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the spokesperson, who was quoted by the Japanese NHK broadcaster, the launch will be carried out sometime between February 8 and 25.

    Earlier, South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said Seoul would view any satellite launch conducted by Pyongyang 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, which triggered a wave of condemnation from the international community.

    In late January, Japanese media reported that satellite imagery indicated North Korea was preparing to test-launch a long-range missile.

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