Between April 12-16 Pyongyang has said that a satellite for scientific research will be launched in North Korea. The launch will mark the 100th anniversary on April 15 of the birth of Kim Il-Sung reports tuoitrenews.vn
who died in 1974. His son died last December. Il-Sung's grandson is now leading the nation. He is said to be wanting to establish his credentials as a strong leader.
While North Korea is claiming that the launch is peaceful other nations including the United States believe that the event is a disguised missile test.
Japan deployed patriot missiles at three Tokyo area military facilities. Three Aegis destroyers were also sent to the East China Sea carrying sea-based interceptor missiles.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has given approval to shoot down the planned rocket if Japan's terrority is threatened.
"We have taken the best possible measures that we can think of at this point," senior vice defense minister Shu Watanabe told national broadcaster NHK Sunday reports abs-cbnnews.com.
North Korea tested nuclear bombs in 2006 and 2009.