Washington: A top US general says North Korea`s plan to fire a satellite into space is really intended to show the world its capability to build missiles.
Pacific forces commander Adm Samuel Locklear said today that capability would be destabilizing to international security.
North Korea says it has only peaceful intentions. It plans to launch the rocket between December 10 and December 22.
The US and allies say they will seek UN Security Council action if the launch goes ahead, in defiance of existing resolutions.
Locklear said US is moving ships to the region to have the best "situational awareness" and to reassure allies.
He said North Korea has acquired better technology over the years, and but it`s unclear if it has corrected problems after a failed April launch.