North Korea may launch a rocket on Sunday, reports Reuters with reference to sources in the us intelligence agencies.
According to the interlocutor of the Agency, the launch may happen before the super bowl – the final game of the season, the National football League. Moscow time the match will start at night on Monday at 2:30 in the morning.
As reported earlier, Pyongyang informed the UN of its intention to launch a satellite between 8 and 25 February. In South Korea and Japan, however, suspect that actually is preparing to launch ballistic missiles.
According to the analysis of satellite imagery, the launch at the North Korean test site Tochan-ri. The activity is reportedly similar to that observed during the previous launch in 2012. On the ground visibly active movement of vehicles, including several buses.
Near the closed train station built hangar. Judging by the pictures, on the launch pad performed significant work, but cloaking devices do not allow to find out, whether already delivered the rocket to the launch site.
The South Korean government has instructed the airlines to change the routes and schedules of some flights. The self-defense forces of Japan are preparing to strengthen the grouping of missile interceptors in Okinawa Prefecture. Missile systems PAC-3 will be placed along the intended flight path of North Korean missiles.
Are on high alert and special forces units of the USA and South Korea. South Korean forces last week completed a ten-day teachings in Goshen, after learning the skills for covert penetration into enemy territory and taking control of key facilities.
In Moscow expressed concern in connection with the announcement of the impending launch of a rocket in North Korea and urge Pyongyang to assess all the possible consequences. “The announcement of the impending launch of a rocket in North Korea is causing great concern. We have to state that, going to another violation of the requirements of the UN security Council, North Korea demonstrates defiant disregard of established rules of international law”, – stressed in the Department.