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North Korea to Launch Satellite in Early April


Sources report that North Korea has notified international civilian maritime and aviation authorities that it will launch a satellite between April 4 and 8.

After failing to give notification for previous launches, which the United Nations called dangerous and provocative, North Korea is providing ample warning this time around. North Korea knows the launch violates U.N. resolutions, but hopes issuing a warning will keep negative comments and admonitions to a minimum and provide China and Russia with an incentive to also buck U.N. resolutions.

The satellite’s trajectory will be over Japan and south of Hawaii.

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