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N Korea at crossroads

Warnings of North Korean 'satellite' launch grow stronger

US and South Korean governments say they are monitoring the situation

SEOUL -- Warnings that North Korea may be preparing to launch a "satellite rocket" from both the U.S. and South Korean governments are growing stronger, with images showing movements of parts from the Sanumdong missile research facility near Pyongyang to a launch site in the northwestern coastal town of Tongchang-ri.

South Korea's Defense Ministry said on Monday that it was watching the facilities closely. The country's intelligence service reported to the national assembly last week that it had observed movements of materials at the Sanumdong facility.

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