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SEOUL, December 3 (Itar-Tass) — The South Korean authorities intend to change flight routes amid preparations in North Korea to launch a rocket carrying an earth satellite, an official from the South Korean Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs said on Monday.
He said the decision was made after Pyongyang had announced that it would launch a satellite between December 10 and 22.
The previous launch of Unha-3 carrier on April 13, 2012 failed, with the rocket splintering into pieces moments after the takeoff. The rocket was to send into orbit the Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite. The world’s reaction to the activity of Pyongyang was negative as resolution 1874 of the UN Security Council prohibits North Korea from ballistic missile activity.