March 16, 2012
A rocket is lifted off from its launch pad in April 2009 in Musudan-ri, North Korea. North Korea announced Friday it plans to launch a long-range rocket mounted with a satellite next month, a surprise move that comes weeks after it agreed to nuclear concessions including a moratorium on long-range missile tests.
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North Korea plans to blast a satellite into space next month to mark the centenary of the birth of its founder, Kim Il Sung, which the U.S. quickly called a “deal-breaker” for a new agreement where the U.S. would exchange food aid for nuclear concessions.