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DPRK puts rocket on pad for satellite launch

(Xinhua)

09:22, April 09, 2012

Journalists leave in front of the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket is pictured sitting on a launch pad at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site, during a guided media tour by DPRK authorities in the northwest of Pyongyang April 8, 2012. (chinadaily.com.cn/Agencies)

TONGCHANG-RI, DPRK - The rocket for the planned satellite launch later this month by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has been installed on the launch pad, Xinhua correspondents saw at the launch site Sunday.

Some 70 reporters from Xinhua and other foreign media were invited to take a special train to the Sohae Satellite Launching Station in the DPRK's northwest for a visit.

Jang Myung Jin, who is in charge of the station, told reporters that the three-stage Unha-3 rocket, which will carry the Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite into space, has been assembled but not yet fueled.

Xinhua reporters saw that some technicians were working at the middle and bottom sections of the towering launch pad and that the DPRK flag had been emblazoned on the rocket together with "Unha-3."

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