WASHINGTON (AP) - Satellite photos indicate North Korea has moved two sections of a long-range rocket in preparation for a launch that would alarm both its adversaries and lone ally China.
But the North has yet to give international notification of its plans, leaving some uncertainty about whether and when it will proceed with a launch that would draw international condemnation.
The U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies said Thursday that recent activity at the Sohae site on North Korea's northwest coast suggests it could be ready to launch a three-stage rocket by the end of the first week in December.
In April, the North fired a rocket from Sohae in a failed attempt to launch a satellite into space.
South Korean officials on Thursday confirmed signs of preparations.
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