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Inside North Korea's rocket launch site

8 April 2012 Last updated at 18:24 BST

North Korea says it is ready to launch a long-range rocket that will send an orbiting satellite into space, despite warnings of sanctions if the launch goes ahead and fears Pyongyang is actually preparing to launch a ballistic missile.

The BBC's Damian Grammaticas was invited by North Korean officials to witness the preparations for the launch.

Video first published April 2012

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