North Korea says it will launch a long-range rocket carrying a satellite named Gwangmyeongseong three, in time for the 100th birthday of its founder Kim Il-sung on April 15th.
North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency said on Friday, that the polar-orbiting satellite . designed to observe the Earth will be launched from North Pyeongan Province some time between April 12th and 16th.
Stressing that the North Korean made satellite is intended for peaceful and scientific purposes, Pyeongyang has vowed to follow international regulations and to guarantee transparency.
The last time North Korea launched a satellite, in 2009, it was strongly denounced by the international community, which accused North Korea of violating UN Security Council resolutions banning the country from engaging in activities related to nuclear and ballistic missiles.