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Institute: NKorea launch unlikely at upcoming anniversary

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A U.S. research institute says a North Korean long-range rocket launch appears unlikely at the upcoming 70th anniversary of the ruling party.

Pyongyang is expected to stage its biggest celebration in years on the Oct. 10 anniversary, and there's speculation it could launch a rocket into space. The U.S. views that as a way for the North to develop a long-range ballistic missile.

The U.S.-Korea Institute is basing its analysis on recent satellite photos, the latest taken Monday, of the North's main rocket launch site at Sohae. It says a launch by Oct. 10 remains possible but there's no sign of preparations that would have been expected by now for that to happen.

The institute detects activity at North Korea's nuclear test site, but says its purpose is unclear.

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