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North Korea’s plan to launch rocket seen as missile test

SEOUL — North Korea said Saturday that it intends to use a three-stage rocket to launch a satellite into orbit later this month, a move that the United States and its allies describe as a de facto long-range missile test that violates Pyongyang’s international commitments.

In an announcement carried by its state-run news agency, the North said that the launch would take place between Dec. 10 and 22, with the rocket traveling south between the Korean Peninsula and China on a ‘‘safe flight path.’’

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