North Korea in final stages to test long-range rocket?
Greg Palkot reports from London
- Duration 3:09
- Date Dec 3, 2012
Greg Palkot reports from London
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Fox News -- now North Korea reportedly in the final stages of planning to test launch a long not rocket.
Thumbing its nose really the international.
-- with this -- and testing the resolve.
Of the Obama administration.
Brand new hour now of America's Newsroom welcome back everybody I'm Martha -- And I'm Bill Hemmer good morning the missile launch could come as soon as next week we're told it would coincide.
With South Korea's presidential elections take a look now.
At the latest satellite photo of the launch site South Korea's news agencies.
Reporting the first stage of the rocket has been put in place.
We've been watching these aerial videos over the course of the last week to see the changes in the movement in them.
Great -- -- joins me now live from London so Greg what do we know about that.
It's Martha bill and -- and -- from.
Confirming over the weekend when we first told you about on Friday that it is set to launch -- -- rocket in the coming days.
According to South Korean military sources -- that first stage is set up on the launch site to the northwest of Pyongyang.
Another two stages could be assembled the fueling taking care of in three to four days -- ready for a launch window set to open up on Monday December 10.
North Korea says it's all for peaceful purposes they -- -- put up a satellite but the US and others are worried that this could be a test of a long range missile with a potential to carry nuclear payload.
The country set to have as many as six bombs they tried this in April we were they are they failed.
The path of the rocket this time it's supposed to be about the same they'll go off it's to the south off the coast of South Korea China and Japan.
In anticipation of that Japan today deploying surface to air missile radar ships and troops just in case this thing goes off course -- Yeah we've seen these sort of rattling of sabres before we've seen some of these attempts fail.
Over the ocean but you never know when they'll be able to get this right so the diplomatic reaction to all of this what's the push back -- As you can imagine Martha their reaction has been strong and has been negative in Seoul South Korea today the ambassadors to that country from the United States Japan and Russia and China meeting with Foreign Ministry officials.
Japanese prime minister -- said we strongly call on North Korea to refrain.
-- little little bit about backtracking from China today and their official media and they are saying that perhaps the concerns are exaggerated.
All this seems to be a chance once again for that new young leader of North Korea Kim -- on to sort of burnish his image -- two weeks from today on December 17.
It is the first anniversary of the death of his father Kim Jong -- Two days later there are national elections and South Korea there's -- Japan of course is the start of the second term the Obama administration and one more troubling note Martha what we're hearing today.
From South Korean sources is that there is a live fire exercise planned by North Korea off its West Coast very close to the border with South Korea.
Two years ago when they tried that.
Some shells landed on -- South Korean island -- deadly results we were there for that to.
That could happen as early as this weekend -- -- so much we don't there.
Greg thank you very much -- -- -- in London.