In an unprecedented move, North Korea organized a visit for foreign reports to its space center on Sunday, April 8, and distributed pictures of a long-range rocket on its launch platform. The message: its Unha-3 rocket is not a disguised ballistic missile as claimed and condemned by US and its allies, but a peaceful scientific research from April 12 to 16 to mark the 100th birthday of its late president Kim Il-Sung. But its critics are not convinced. Washington, Japan, and South Korea had said these tests are part of a United Nations-sanctioned nuclear weapons test. The Philippines has joined the critics’ side since it is along the rocket’s path.
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