• In this April 18, 2013, file photo, a model of a space shuttle is displayed in the lobby of the Mangyongdae Children's Palace in Pyongyang, North Korea. Words on the space shuttle reads "Roundtrip path to space" and "youth" on the bottom. The Unha 3 rocket that launched the “Bright Star” satellite into space in 2012 is a symbol of North Korea’s technological successes and a matter of great national pride. The country plans another launch to put Earth observation satellite into orbit in February, 2016. Although the equipment it will use is not yet known, the launch could also advance its military-use missile technology further. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan, File)

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

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has moved up the window of its planned long-range rocket launch to Feb. 7-14, South Korea’s Defense Ministry said Saturday. The launch, which the North says is an effort to send a satellite into orbit, would be in defiance of repeated warnings by outside governments who suspect it is a banned test of ballistic missile technology.

    Updated: 3:37 am

  • 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.

  • A North Korean flag flies in the propaganda village of Gijungdong as a U.S. Army soldier stands guard at Taesungdong freedom village near the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. South Korea and Japan vowed to shoot down any debris that falls on their territories from a long-range rocket that North Korea plans to fire this month, with Seoul saying Thursday that it has detected launch preparations by Pyongyang. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    Seoul, Tokyo threaten to intercept N. Korean rocket debris

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and Japan vowed to shoot down any debris that falls on their territories from a long-range rocket that North Korea plans to fire this month, with Seoul saying Thursday that it has detected launch preparations by Pyongyang.

  • South Koreans watch a TV news program with a file footage about North Korea's rocket launch plans, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. South Korea warned on Wednesday of "searing" consequences if North Korea doesn't abandon plans to launch a long-range rocket that critics call a banned test of ballistic missile technology.  The headline on the screen reads "North Korea plans to launch a missile." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    South Korea warns North Korea not to launch satellite

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Thursday it has detected preparations by rival North Korea to fire a long-range rocket and warned that Seoul will shoot down any rocket parts flying over South Korean territory.