Official: North Korea moves long-range rocket to launch pad
A new satellite image of a North Korean launch pad reveals a new rail extension but little on-site activity ahead of a controversial rocket launch planned for April.
March 26th, 2012
02:03 AM ET

Official: North Korea moves long-range rocket to launch pad

Just hours after the United States warned that North Korea would achieve nothing with threats or provocations, Pyongyang moved a long-range rocket it plans to test fire to a launch pad Monday, a South Korean defense ministry official said.

If the rocket is launched, South Korea is prepared to "track its trajectory," said the official, who did not want to be named.

"There are concerns that parts of the rocket may fall within South Korean territory," he said. "If that were to happen it would threaten lives and cause damage to the economy. To guard against that, they (the military) will be tracking the orbit."

The official did not say what steps South Korea would be forced to take if it determined the rocket was falling within in its territory.

The rocket was moved to a launch pad in the northeastern portion of Dongchang-ri, a village in northwest North Korea, the official said.

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  1. Pete

    Tell these arrogent fools,who are spending money on missiles while their population starves,no dice.You launch,we shoot your toy skyrocket down.No more fun and games,nap time is over.Tell the little fat dictator that the BIG BOYS told him ta stay in his sand box,in his own yard,get it...Tell Pyongyang ,we have toys capable of traveling very long distances with great accuratecy,carry big billistic payloads,and are proven even in war.Did they want to take that chance,N.Korea or Iran ,they don't want to see that blinding light,at least not yet,but their day will come...

    March 26, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. revnowwhilewecan

    The only sanctions we have to impose are no more U.S. sports or Hollywod movies allowed in and they'll dump all their weapons in the China sea.

    March 26, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat) ©


    March 26, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • lynx (in a hoodie) ©

      C ?

      March 26, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • ocelot (in a construction helmet) ©

      D !

      March 26, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      D ?

      March 26, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©


      March 26, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. BOMBO ©

    No, don't do it. You won't get your food if you do it.

    March 26, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    " IF " The largest two letter word in the world.
    " IF " a piece of this rocket should accidently fall into South Korean territory, will they consider this an act of war and retaliate ? We shoot rockets into space all the time. Space junk falls out of the sky all the time. Are these happenings considered an act of war just because the stuff belongs to another country ?
    This again is "much ado about nothing."
    Everyone pleas enhance your calm. Breath in, Breath out. Breath in, Breath out. Fell the cleansing powers.
    Oooooooooooohhhhhhmmmmm. Now, do you feel better ?

    March 26, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      Plese excuse my spelling this morning. I just washed my hands and can't do a thing with my fingers.

      That should be "please" and "Feel the cleansin powers.

      March 26, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  6. Superman

    N korea is just trying to back off the bullying that they are getting right now, when they launch that toy of theres we shoot at it it will deflate just like a ballon full of hot air from many countries

    March 26, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lotsapoppa

      There are rumors that is literally is merely a toy. Made out of plastic. That thing would melt being exposed to the amount of heat a real rocket would give off. I wonder if they seriously are going to shoot off a plastic rocket?

      March 26, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lotsapoppa

    Light that candle!

    March 26, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    No we have been rather quiet on the 'bullying" front with them. Rather the "table talks" policy. Its Iran that has been getting the bullying.
    N.Korea is trying to get that attention.

    March 26, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. High Hopes

    Mad Cow disease of the Human Kind...

    North Korea is still #1 enemy in my opinion.

    March 26, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Paul

    Mad Cow Disease! freaky nasty!

    March 26, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |