1. Tense

    S. Korea Warns North on Rocket

    This Monday Nov. 26, 2012 satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe and annotated by 38 North, the website of the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, shows the Sohae Satellite Launch Station in Cholsan County, North Pyongan Province, North Korea. According to analysis done for 38 North, North Korea has moved two sections of a long-range rocket at the site in preparation for a launch that would alarm both its adversaries and lone ally China. SAIS says recent activity at the Sohae site suggests it could be ready to blast-off a three-stage rocket by the end of the first week in December. (AP Photo/DigitalGlobe via 38 North)

    DigitalGlobe via 38 North / AP Photo

    North Korea announced Saturday morning that it plans to launch a rocket later this month, in an announcement from the country's state-run news agency—a move that South Korea immediately denounced as violating a United Nations treaty for the area. The three-stage rocket will reportedly launch a satellite into orbit in what will be the country's fourth attempt to do so. Shortly after the announcement, South Korea's foreign ministry released a statement decrying the planned launch as a "grave provocation that ignores the international community's concern and warnings" about long-range missiles.

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