Tue, 10 Apr 2012 00:19:37 GMT | By MSN News
North Korea's controversial missile test

North Korea says launch scientific

North Korea says launch scientific (© Bobby Yip/Reuters)
  • The North Koreans are calling it an observation satellite, but the international community is concerned the three-stage rocket set to be launched during the upcoming celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the birth of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, is much more. The U.S., Japan, Britain and other nations have urged North Korea to cancel the launch, warning that firing the long-range rocket would violate U.N. resolutions and North Korea's promise to refrain from engaging in nuclear and missile activity. (© Bobby Yip/Reuters)
  • Rocket named Unha (© Bobby Yip/Reuters)
  • North Korea says launch scientific (© Bobby Yip/Reuters)
  • Journalists taken for tours. (© KCNA/Reuters)
  • Explaining the launch process (© Bobby Yip/Reuters)
  • Posing with the rocket (© Bobby Yip/Reuters)
  • More visitors with the rocket (© Bobby Yip/Reuters)
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Engineers check the base of Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket sitting on a launch pad at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site, during a guided media tour by North Korean authorities in the northwest of Pyongyang.
North Korea maintains that the launch is a scientific achievement intended to improve the nation's faltering economy by providing detailed surveys of the countryside.


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