North Korea defers missile launch

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North Korea may postpone the controversial launch of a long-range rocket that had been slated for lift-off as early as this week, state media said yesterday, as international pressure on Pyongyang to cancel the provocative move intensified.

Scientists have been making final preparations for the launch, scheduled to take place as early as today, but are considering “readjusting” the timing, a spokesman for the Korean committee for space technology told North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency.

It was unclear whether diplomatic intervention or technical glitches were behind the delay.