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(LEAD) N. Korea preparing to launch new long-range missile: Seoul officials
By Kim Eun-jung
SEOUL, Nov. 23 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's military and government have confirmed that North Korea is preparing to launch a new long-range missile at a launch pad that has been used for previous rocket launches, Seoul officials said Friday.

Responding to a report by Japan's Asahi Shimbun that U.S. satellites detected possible preparations by the North to test a long-range ballistic missile at the Dongchang-ri base, a senior government official said, "We are judging that (North Korea) will launch a missile and are closely watching the situation."

   North Korea has said it will continue to put a "working satellite" into orbit and South Korea is "judging that the North's side will go ahead as it has declared," the official said on the condition of anonymity.





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