The reclusive regime told the International Telecommunication Union on Tuesday that it intends to launch an Earth observation satellite, ITU spokesman Sanjay Acharya said. The ITU registers all satellite transmission frequencies to ensure there is no cross-satellite interference.
While North Korea says it's putting a satellite into orbit, the launch is viewed by others as a front for a ballistic missile test. U.S. officials have said the same type of rocket used to launch the satellite could also be used to fire a long-range missile.
South Korea condemned the planned launch as a "direct challenge against the international community," and warned that North Korea would pay a "grave price" if it went ahead.
"North Korea must clearly understand that if they carry out long-range missile test, it would be a severe threat against peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula, this region and the world and must immediately withdraw its plan," said Cho Tae-yong, first deputy director of national security of the South Korean Presidential Office. Read more on edition.cnn.