9 April 2012
Last updated at 08:47
North Korea is in the final stages of preparation for a rocket launch due to take place between 12 to 16 April, to mark the centenary of late leader Kim Il-sung's birth.
Pyongyang says the launch of the Unha-3 rocket, which will put a satellite into orbit, is for research and ''peaceful purposes''.
But opponents of the move, including the United States, South Korea and Japan, fear it is a disguised long-range missile test. The launch, they say, would violate UN sanctions imposed after a similar launch in 2009.
Pyongyang agreed in February to a partial freeze in nuclear activities and a missile test moratorium in return for US food aid. But the deal was put on hold after the North announced its rocket launch plans.
On Sunday, officials took a group of foreign journalists by train to the Sohae satellite station at Tongchang-ri, on the country's northwest coast, to see the preparations for the rocket launch.
All three stages of the rocket were seen in position at the launch pad. Officials say fuelling will begin soon.
Meanwhile, in Pyongyang, preparations are underway for the celebrations on 15 April of the 100th anniversary of the late Kim Il-sung's birth, pictured here with Kim Jong-il, who died in December 2011.
On Monday, thousands gathered in Pyongyang to witness the unveiling of mosaic portraits of the late leaders.