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12:31pm UK, Tuesday February 24, 2009
North Korea's plans to launch a satellite could be a cover-up for a long-range missile test, the US and its allies fear
Pyongyang said it would send a satellite into orbit on one of its rockets as part of its space programme.
Intelligence officials have reported brisk personnel and vehicle activity at the Hwadae launch site.
But analysts have warned that satellite images show North Korea is gearing up to test-fire a missile.
North Korea's longest-range missile, the Taepodong-2, has the potential to reach Alaska.
Reports suggest the missile being prepared for launch may be an advanced version of the Taepodong-2 that could reach the US west coast.