Tokyo: North Korea has begun fuelling a
rocket for a launch that the West considers a missile test, a
Japanese newspaper reported on Thursday, citing a source "close to
the government" in Pyongyang.
"The launch is coming closer. The possibility is high that
the launch date will be set for April 12 or 13," the source
said according to the Tokyo Shimbun in a report from Seoul.
It cited the source as saying that North Korea had begun
injecting liquid fuel into the rocket.
The paper also said a diplomatic source had confirmed that
North Korea has moved the rocket to a launch pad in
Tongchang-ri in the country`s far northwest.
The report came after North Korea insisted Tuesday it
would go ahead with what it says is a satellite launch,
snubbing a call from US President Barack Obama to drop the
plan and accusing him of a "confrontational mindset".
The United States has suspended plans to send food aid to
North Korea, saying it has broken a promise to halt missile
launches and cannot be trusted to give the help to those who
need it, a Pentagon official said Wednesday.
The West and North Korea`s Asian neighbours have urged
Pyongyang to give up on the rocket launch, which is seen as
the pretext for testing ballistic missile technology.