DPRK’s satellite launch might be delayed

A week after North Korea signaled the world that it planned to attempt a second rocket launch this year, the country has signaled it may delay that launch.

The news came in a statement from the Korean Committee of Space Technology that was carried on Sunday by the state-run Korea Central News Agency,

As announced, we are making preparations for the launch of the second version of Kwangmyongsong-3, a scientific and technological satellite, at the final stage.

Our scientists and technicians, however, are now seriously examining the issue of readjusting the launching time of the satellite for some reasons. — KCNA, December 9, 2012.

While no reason for the potential delay was given, one possibility is a turn in the weather around the Sohae launch facility in the north of the country.

Satellite imagery from recent days shows snow has begun falling in the region — something that brings additional problems and concerns for rocket engineers in any country.

State media has yet to inform the domestic audience that a rocket launch is planned, although rumors have likely spread across the country from foreign media reports.

An affiliate of 38 North