North Korea satellite plan is highly provocative, says US
April launch to mark the centenary of the birth of Kim Il-sung will breach the North's international obligations, it says
North Korea has announced its first satellite launch in three years, throwing into doubt a recent deal with the US that had aimed to end years of tension.
The US state department said the trial was "highly provocative" and would breach North Korea's international obligations. Many see it as a test of missile technology.