Japan says it’s on full alert over North Korea’s planned rocket launch despite a suggestion from Pyongyang that it could delay the much-criticised move.
North Korea says the launch, originally scheduled for December 10-22, could be changed ‘for some reasons’, giving no further details.South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, citing a government official in Seoul, said on Sunday the North had stopped all preparations at the launch site in the country’s northwest.
Japan has deployed missile defence systems to intercept and destroy the rocket if it looks set to fall on its territory.
‘We don’t think enough changes are occurring to change our posture,’ he said.
Analysts said technical problems or snow, rather than overseas political pressure, are likely to be behind the delay in what the North calls a satellite launch.