North Korea to press ahead with rocket launch

North Korea to press ahead with rocket launch
Kim Jong Un

North Korea is pressing ahead with preparation for a long-range rocket launch after extending its lift-off window by another week until December 29 because of technical problems.

An unidentified spokesman for the North’s Korean Committee of Space Technology told state media that scientists found a “technical deficiency in the first-stage control engine module of the rocket”.

The second day of an extended 20-day launch window began this morning without signs of a lift-off.

The specifics of the rocket’s technical problems are not clear, but state media put out an overnight dispatch detailing the unusually cold weather and heavy snow hitting the northern part of the Korean Peninsula.

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