WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. academic institute says it could be at least 10 days before North Korea is ready to launch a long-range rocket after reporting technical delays.
Satellite photos from Monday indicate activity at the northwestern Sohae site was probably related to removal of the rocket from the launch pad for repairs.
An analysis written for 38 North, the website of the U.S.-Korean Institute, predicted it's likely to take until Wednesday or Thursday to remove the rocket and more than a week to repair it, meaning a launch is unlikely before Dec. 21-22.
North Korea says it plans to fire a satellite into space on the rocket, defying a U.N. ban.
It was scheduled for liftoff between Dec. 10-22 but reported technical problems. It extended the liftoff window until Dec. 29.