April 10, 2012 / 7:33 AM / 8 years ago

North Korea says all set for rocket launch -Kyodo

TOKYO, April 10 (Reuters) - North Korea said it has finished preparations to launch a rocket carrying a satellite into space, and reiterated it is for peaceful purposes, Kyodo news agency reported on Tuesday.

The United States and its allies believe the long-range rocket launch, likely later this week, will give North Korea a chance to test ballistic missile technology.

Japan will discuss with other nations what actions to take in the event of a launch, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said in an interview with a group of Japanese media.

He said the launch is a violation of a United Nations Security Council resolution, and Japan is asking North Korea to show restraint.

Reporting by Mayumi Negishi and Kaori Kaneko; Editing by Edwina Gibbs

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