|arya||Date: Friday, 16-March-2012, 2:39 PM | Message # 1|
North Korea has announced it will put a satellite into orbit next month to mark the 100th anniversary of founder Kim Il-Sung's birthday.
The satellite will be launched using a long-range rocket and goes against a United Nations ban in place since North Korea's last rocket launch in 2009.
Pyongyang claims it has already launched two experimental satellites for peaceful purposes, though many suspect they are disguised missile tests.
This latest rocket will blast off between April 12-16, and will be part of massive celebrations planned to mark the former leader's centenary on April 15.
Kim Il-Sung was the father of Kim Jong-il, who died in December, and the grandfather of current leader Kim Jong-Un.
Just over two weeks ago, Pyongyang agreed to suspend long-range missile tests as part of a deal to receive 240,000 tonnes of food aid from the United States.