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North Korea advances plans to launch rocket TOKYO: North Korea says it has brought forward plans to launch a rocket and the event could now occur as early as Sunday, Japanese media reported.The country will launch the satellite-bearing rocket between February 7 and February 14, Jiji Press and NHK reported the Japanese government as saying on Saturday.Pyongyang had previously said the launch would take place between February 8-25, around the time of the birthday on February 16 of late leader Kim Jong-Il, father of current supremo Kim Jong-Un.The Japanese government said North Korea had informed the International Maritime Organization of the new schedule, according to NHK.Immediate confirmation of the reports was not available.The North insists its space programme is purely scientific in nature, but the United States and allies, including South Korea, say its rocket launches are aimed at developing an inter-continental ballistic missile capable of striking the US mainland.UN sanctions prohibit North Korea from any launch ...

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North Korea begins fuelling rocket: report TOKYO: US satellite data indicates that North Korea appears to have begun fuelling a rocket it plans to launch this month in defiance of international opposition, a Japanese newspaper reported Friday, citing a US defence official.Pyongyang has announced it will launch a satellite-bearing rocket sometime between February 8-25, which is around the time of the birthday on February 16 of late leader Kim Jong-Il, father of current supremo Kim Jong-Un.The North insists its space programme ...

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Volcano in southern Japan erupts: weather agency TOKYO: A volcano in southern Japan erupted Friday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, with television footage showing dramatic images of the fiery spectacle.The agency said on its website that Sakurajima in southern Kagoshima prefecture erupted at 6:56 pm (0956 GMT). There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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China's cabinet issues document on tackling overcapacity in coal sector BEIJING: China will not approve any new coal production capacity over the next three years, said China's cabinet on Friday, as part of a plan to tackle severe overcapacity in the sector. It will also remove around 500 million tonnes of production capacity within the next three to five years, it said, and speed up the process of squeezing "zombie" coal firms from the market. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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South Korea to tell planes to avoid areas potentially affected by North's rocket launch SEOUL: South Korea's transport ministry said on Wednesday it would instruct airplanes to avoid flying in the areas that could be affected by North Korea's planned rocket launch.The transport ministry said the instruction will apply to the period from Feb. 8 to Feb. 25, during which North Korea has said it may launch what it called an "earth observation satellite". Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Japan says will destroy North Korea missile if threat to territory TOKYO: Japan said Wednesday it would destroy a North Korean missile if it threatened to fall on its territory, after Pyongyang announced it planned to launch a space rocket this month."Today the defence minister issued an order" to destroy such a missile if it "is confirmed that it will fall on Japanese territory," the defence ministry said in a statement.Defence Minister Gen Nakatani issued the order, citing the "possibility that North Korea will launch a ...

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Japan arrests reported North Korean spy for alleged fraud TOKYO: Japanese police on Wednesday said its special unit that deals with alleged espionage arrested an ethnic Korean resident on suspicion of fraud -- as local media reported he was acting as a spy for North Korea.Japan is particularly sensitive to North Korean espionage activities in the country as operatives from and with links to the country have been blamed for abductions of Japanese citizens who were taken there to serve as language teachers for ...