April 2012: North Korea prepares for rocket launch
The spectacle unfolding on a launch pad on the west coast of North Korea reveals a boastful and media-savvy regime more willing than ever to brush off international condemnation. Despite warnings from the United States, China and Russia, North Korea said it was fueling a three-stage rocket that could be launched soon, depending on weather conditions.
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On the defense
A member of the Japan Self-Defense Forces stands near a PAC-3 Patriot missile unit deployed for North Korea's rocket launch.