Pyongyang, Mar 13: South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported that North Korea is planning to launch satellite early in Apr. Reports suggest that South Korea and US officials expects this launch as a disguised missile test which would breach a UN resolution and have urged North Korea to stop the procedure.
The North gave the International Civil Aviation Organisation, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and other world bodies "necessary information for the safe navigation of planes and ships" as part of preparations for launching "an experimental communications satellite", the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.
North Korea had earlier claimed of its right to peaceful space research and says any attempt to shoot down its rocket will be seen as an act of war. It has also joined an international treaty and convention on the peaceful use of space.