Men looking at computers inside North Korea's mission control
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Inside N Korea's mission control as rocket is fuelled

11 April 2012 Last updated at 09:38 BST

North Korea says it has begun fuelling its rocket ahead of a planned - widely criticised - launch later this week.

Pyonyang claims it is designed to put a satellite in space to commemorate the centenary of the birth of its founding leader, Kim Il-Sung.

But it is being widely seen as a cover for a long-range missile test.

Damian Grammaticas reports.

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