In a footage on North Korean State TV, leader Kim Jong Un is seen limping to the stage at a ceremony held to mark the 20th death anniversary of his grandfather Kim Il-sung.
South Africa`s Deputy Minister of Police has compared former president Nelson Mandela to deceased North Korean leader Kim Il Sung.
North Korea maintains that the launch is a scientific achievement intended to improve the nation`s faltering economy.
The statement comes as North Korea is facing mounting international pressure to call off its long-range rocket launch.
North Korea has announced it will launch a long-range rocket mounted with a satellite in honor of late President Kim Il Sung`s April birthday.
April 15 is called "The Day of the Sun" in honour of late Prez Kim Il Sung.
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