North Korea says it will launch what it calls a scientific satellite into orbit later this month, amidst speculation that the country is gearing up to test-fire a long-range missile.
The state-run Korean Committee of Space Technology says the launch will take place sometime between December 10th and the 22nd at the North's northwestern launch site in North Pyongan Province.
Recent satellite imagery had suggested the Kim Jong-un regime was preparing for the launch, which will be the second one of the year.
In April Pyongyang had previously fired what the international community considers a long-range ballistic missile from the same launch site.
The test failed.
While North Korea claims it has a sovereign right to develop space technology, the launch goes against a UN resolution banning the North from using ballistic missile technology.