North Korea has indicated that it will launch a satellite sometime between February 8-25, a United Nations agency said Tuesday — a launch that has drawn U.S. concerns because of the rocket that would be used.
North Korea told the International Telecommunications Agency on Tuesday that it intends to launch an earth observation satellite, ITU spokesman Sanjay Acharya said. The ITU registers all satellite transmission frequencies to ensure there is no cross-satellite interference.
The launch could raise international tensions. U.S. officials have said the same type rocket that would put the satellite into orbit could also be used on a different occasion as an intercontinental ballistic missile.
A similar scenario unfolded in 2012, when North Korea announced it was launching a rocket carrying a satellite. North Korea said that operation was for peaceful purposes, but Japan, the United States and South Korea decried it as a cover for a long-range ballistic missile test.
The United States has been anticipating a new launch.