North Korea said preparations to launch a communications satellite into space were complete Saturday morning, and liftoff was imminent.
Spy satellites trained high-resolution cameras on a coastal launch pad for a launch the North earlier advised international authorities would take place sometime between Saturday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (0200 to 0700GMT).
"Preparations for launching 'Kwangmyongsong-2,' an experimental communications satellite, by carrier rocket 'Unha-2' have been completed at the satellite launching ground in the east coastal area," the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported, citing information from the Korean Committee of Space Technology. "The satellite will be launched soon."
North Korea is pressing ahead despite mounting international pressure to call off a launch President Barack Obama said Friday would be "provocative."