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Asia Pacific Military use? North Korea says it plans to launch a satellite in February

Satellites can aid in precision targeting for a stilll-nascent missile program. In recent months North Korea may have built a rocket gantry tall enough to launch a satellite- carrying rocket.

Less than a month after its purported H-bomb test, North Korea announced Tuesday it is planning a rocket launch as soon as next week. Though speculation of a launch had been growing for about a week, experts say that with underground railways, giant tarps and a movable launch pad structure in place the North is getting a lot better at hiding its preparations.

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