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Security expert discusses N Korea launch
Jim Walsh of MIT says planned rocket launch is aimed at cementing position of the country's new leader, Kim Jong-un.
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2012 09:02

North Korea's long-range rocket, scheduled to put what it says is a satellite into orbit next week, has been installed on its launch platform, the country’s space officials say.

Jim Walsh, an international security expert at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, says the planned rocket launch is aimed at cementing the position of the country's new leader, Kim Jong-un, and not directed externally.

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