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Window is now open for the launch of that North Korean space vehicle that the west suspects is actually -- test firing of a ballistic missile.
There could there theoretically reach the US.
National security correspondent Jennifer Griffin is watching developments tonight from the Pentagon.
The north Koreans began loading liquid fuel onto a long range missile the final stage of preparations for what they insist it is a peaceful space launch.
Taking the unprecedented measure of inviting foreign journalists to the launch site.
The regime's continued to ignore stern warnings from the United States and its neighbors not to long -- If -- -- wants a peaceful better future for their people.
It should not conduct another launch.
That would be -- direct threat two regional security.
The last time North Korea fired a ballistic missile was in April 2009.
The test failed in its third stage.
This time experts say the launch vehicle looks much more advanced we have a new launch vehicle that is much more improved.
Much more refined and his potentiality of being more successful.
Than the previous two flights is very apparent the trajectory is expected to take the missiles south towards the Philippines.
Both Japan and South Korea threatened to shoot down on the rocket if it enters their air -- -- both.
That the steps we're taking used to be safe in case they won in a million problem when we urge the general public estate column.
Meanwhile North Korean state television announced that Kim -- who who was elevated to the top position in the country's Workers Party and his late father was named Secretary General for life.
As the country prepares to celebrate this weekend.
The 100 anniversary of the birth of the nation's founder.
This launch will give credence to the view that North Korean leaders see improved relations.
With the outside world.
As a threat to the existence.
Of their system.
And recent history strongly suggest that additional provocations.
Secretary Clinton was referring to satellite photographs in South Korean intelligence reports.
From this weekend that -- digging taking place at the site of North Korea's.
Previous to nuclear tests.
Most experts believe a third nuclear -- is likely to follow if the rocket launch is successful North Korea will be one step closer to being able to reach the United States with the potential ballistic missile threat Jennifer Griffin on the Pentagon Jennifer thank you.
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