• North Korea has fired a long-range rocket critics see as cover for banned missile test

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has fired a long-range rocket critics see as cover for banned missile test .

  • An unidentified object is photographed in the sky from Dandong, China, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. North Korea on Sunday defied international warnings and launched a long-range rocket that the United Nations and others call a cover for a banned test of technology for a missile that could strike the U.S. mainland. (Minoru Iwasaki/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

    Seoul: N. Korea moves up rocket launch window to Feb. 7-14

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Sunday defied international warnings and launched a long-range rocket that the United Nations and others call a cover for a banned test of technology for a missile that could strike the U.S. mainland.

  • A screen advertising a demilitarized zone (DMZ) train tour is displayed near Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Another big North Korea news story, another collective yawn from South Koreans. Many in the South either don’t know or don’t care about their rival’s declared plan to launch a rocket this month that the world sees as a banned test of a ballistic missile that could hit the United States. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    Analysis: AP bureau chiefs in Koreas on planned launch

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — It’s another big, splashy step for the North Korean government: a planned rocket launch the world will see as a banned test of long-range missile technology that comes only weeks after testing what it said was a hydrogen bomb.

  • A screen advertising a demilitarized zone (DMZ) train tour is displayed near Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Another big North Korea news story, another collective yawn from South Koreans. Many in the South either don’t know or don’t care about their rival’s declared plan to launch a rocket this month that the world sees as a banned test of a ballistic missile that could hit the United States. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    Analysis: AP bureau chiefs in Koreas on planned launch

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — It’s another big, splashy step for the North Korean government: a planned rocket launch the world will see as a banned test of long-range missile technology that comes only weeks after testing what it said was a hydrogen bomb.

  • IN this Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 file photo, a man walks past a PAC-3 Patriot missile unit deployed for North Korea's rocket launch at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo. Japan has deployed PAC-3 missile batteries in the heart of Tokyo to defend its airspace from incoming rocket debris. South Korea is reportedly mobilizing two Aegis-equipped destroyers. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)

    Experts say launch won’t bring N. Korea much closer to ICBM

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan has deployed PAC-3 missile batteries in the heart of Tokyo to shoot down any incoming rocket debris. South Korea is reportedly mobilizing two Aegis-equipped destroyers. The U.S. is already gunning to punish Pyongyang for what it says will be a ballistic missile test in the guise of a space launch.