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SKorea: NKorea to launch satellite April 4-8

  This Feb. 26, 2009 photo provided Monday, March 9, 2009 by GeoEye Satellite Image, shows the North Korean missile facility at Musudan-ni. At lower l...
  This Feb. 26, 2009 photo provided Monday, March 9, 2009 by GeoEye Satellite Image, shows the North Korean missile facility at Musudan-ni. At lower l...

NKorea Missile

This Feb. 26, 2009 photo provided Monday, March 9, 2009 by GeoEye Satellite Image, shows the North Korean missile facility at Musudan-ni. At lower l...

NKorea Missile

This Feb. 26, 2009 photo provided Monday, March 9, 2009 by GeoEye Satellite Image, shows the North Korean missile facility at Musudan-ni. At lower l...

South Korea says it has confirmed that North Korea plans to launch a satellite from April 4-8.
An official at South Korea's Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs said Thursday that officials confirmed with the International Maritime Organization that the North had informed the organization of its schedule for the launch.
Do Myung-hwan, the official, said North Korea also notified the IMO that the launch will be made in an easterly direction.
South Korea, Japan and the United States believe the launch will test missile technology in violation of a 2006 U.N. Security Council resolution banning Pyongyang from ballistic missile activity, and have urged the North not to go forward.