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Koreas: South alert over North's possible rocket launch

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South Korea is on alert over reports of a possible rocket launch by North Korea, media reports said Tuesday.

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According to daily The Chosun, Seoul Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) is "closely monitoring any preparations by Pyongyang" after the North reportedly reactivated a missile launch site.

The South Korean Foreign Ministry confirmed that Seoul and Washington have been thoroughly following the North's movements at Dongchang-ri long-range missile launch site.

Early this month, reports had emerged that North Korea was "restoring an ancillary building" in Dongchang-ri, which was partially disassembled last year.

In a news conference Tuesday, a South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman urged the North to make a "wise" judgment regarding reports of possible preparations for a missile or satellite launch, South's Yonhap news agency said.

"[South Korea] hopes that the North will make a choice, which will be helpful for all, through a wise judgment," spokesman Kim In-chul said.

The latest Trump-Kim summit ended without a deal as the two sides failed to bridge their differences over the scope of Pyongyang's denuclearization and Washington's sanctions relief.


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