North Korea is moving forward with plans to launch a rocket with an observation satellite onboard, despite threats of sanctions, the BBC reports.
The Unha-3 rocket is in position at the Sohae Satellite Station in northwestern North Korea and is set to launch next week. If successful, could indicate that North Korea possesses the long-range rocket capabilities to launch nuclear attacks on the United States and other countries.
The UN has banned North Korea, which already had nuclear weapons from any rocketry experimentation, and has concerns that the rocket launch is actually testing a nuclear missile, but the Korean government denies this.
"Our country has the right and also the obligation to develop satellites and launching vehicles," Jang Myong Jin, general manager of the launch facility, told the AP. "No matter what others say, we are doing this for peaceful purposes."