North Korea announces rocket launch date
December 1 , 2012
North Korea is to launch a long-range rocket between December10 and 22, its official news agency announced on Saturday.
According to the KCNA agency, the aim is to launch a satellite.
Earlier launches, though unsuccessful, have been criticized as breaches of a United Nations ban on North Korean ballistic missile tests.
North Korea's most recent rocket launch, which took place in April, was a failure.
The U.S., Japan and South Korea said the rocket flew only for a short time before breaking up and crashing into sea off the Korean peninsula.