ESCALATIONS

North Korea Preps Rocket Launch

Is North Korea trying to distract and intimidate the G-20? Pyongyang appears to be preparing for a satellite launch this Saturday, according to a Pentagon official. But Japanese Ambassador Yukio Takasu counters that North Korea is fronting what is actually a long-range rocket launch. If North Korea moves forward with the launch, Japan has put the UN Security Council on alert for an emergency meeting. "We must be clear and firm," Takasu said.