According to the most recent satellite images, North Korea has dismantled its three-stage rocket on the launch pad at the country's northwestern launch site.
Officials in Seoul say the rocket's technical defect is likely something that can not be resolved when it's standing, but that the North seems determined to fire it nonetheless.
On Monday, Pyongyang extended the launch window to December 29th, saying there was a problem in the first stage control engine module of the rocket.
Diplomacy amongst six-party talk members to stop the North's cover-up for a ballistic missile test continues.
Wang Jiarui, the international department director of the Chinese Communist Party's Central Committee, is scheduled to meet U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns in Washington on Tuesday.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke about preventing another North Korean provocation during a recent phone conversation with her Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi.
[Interview : Victoria Nuland, Spokesperson
U.S. Department of State] "The question was what influence China could bring to bear on the DPRK to see reason and focus on the development of their country and the feeding of people rather than on ballistic missile launches that are in violation of their international obligations."
Russia's top nuclear envoy is scheduled to visit Seoul on Wednesday and South Korea's Deputy Minister for Multilateral and Global Affairs Kim Bong-hyun will travel to Beijing next Monday to discuss the two sides' cooperation at the UN Security Council.
In a statement, the foreign ministers of the 27-member European Union warned there would be a clear response from the international community if the North fires another rocket, following a failed attempt in April.
Choi You-sun, Arirang News.