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DPRK leader orders preparations for rocket launch to put satellite into space

Sunday’s Asahi claimed that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un instructed the nation’s defense and science authorities in mid-December to start making preparations to fire a long-range rocket to put a satellite into space, speculating that the launch will take place on Sept. 9 to mark the 70th anniversary of the country’s foundation. According to the paper, the planned launch is to test reentry technology or to put a satellite into orbit to guide and monitor ballistic missiles.  

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