N.Korea apparently preparing 'some kind of launch': US official

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Washington (AFP)

North Korea appears to be preparing for some kind of rocket launch, a US defense official said Thursday, though he said it did not appear to be a ballistic missile.

"The indications are that they are preparing for some kind of launch," the official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"Could be for a satellite or a space vehicle -- there are a lot of guesses. North Korea does this periodically, they move things back and forth... There's nothing to indicate it's ballistic-missile related."