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North Korea announces long-range rocket launch

North Korea is to launch a long-range rocket between 10 and 22 December, its official news agency says.

The KCNA agency said the aim was to launch a satellite. Previous, unsuccessful launches have been criticised as breaches of a UN ban on North Korean ballistic missile tests.

The announcement is likely to increase tensions with North Korea's neighbours, with South Korea expressing concern over Pyongyang's announcement.

Lucy Williamson reports from Seoul.

  • 02 Dec 2012
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