N. Korea sets rocket launch at tense time

Kim Jong Un seen trying to boost leader credentials

Posted: December 2, 2012 at 4:06 a.m.

A soldier stands guard over a North Korean Unha-3 rocket at the Sohae Satellite Station in Tongchang-ri in this April 8 photo. Officials announced plans Saturday for another launch of the long-range rocket later this month.

North Korea said Saturday that it would try to launch another long-range rocket later this month, as the country prepares to commemorate the death a year ago of its longtime ruler Kim Jong Il, and as his son, Kim Jong Un, works to bolster his credentials as a leader.

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