April 11th, 2012
01:15 AM ET

North Korea says fueling of rocket is under way

North Korea has started fueling a long-range rocket it plans to launch in the coming days, a senior national space official said Wednesday.

Fueling of the rocket, which North Korea says will put a satellite in orbit, is under way and will be completed at the "appropriate time," said Ryu Kun Chol, deputy director of the Space Development Department of the Korea Space Technology Committee.

He declined to be more specific.

The announcement last month of the satellite launch - which countries like the United States and South Korea see as a cover for a ballistic missile test - ratcheted up tensions in the region and prompted Washington to suspend a recent deal to supply food aid to the North.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. BOMBO ©

    Are they ever planning to finish that hotel?

    April 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Sounds like everyone has got enough equipment in the area to sustain a long war. Man, this is crazy. If N Korea were having any intention of shooting this rocket at somebody, I really don't believe they would have proclaimed this launch so loudly over the past couple of weeks. Wonder how many miilions this cost for the redeploment of all these assets.

    April 11, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. abby

    North Krea and China should send his populatioh to another planet.

    April 11, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. raven

    Oh man....NK rocket scientist, I didnt think anything could make me smile today. You actually cracked me up.
    Thanks.
    I really needed that.

    April 12, 2012 at 1:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
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