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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).

    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.

    People watch a news report on North Korea's first hydrogen bomb test at a railroad station in Seoul on January 6, 2016
    © AFP 2019 / 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

    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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