North Korea 'preparing to launch long-range missile'

Pyongyang conducted its fourth nuclear test on 6 January

North Korea is preparing to launch a long-range missile as early as next week, according to a Japanese news agency.

Kyodo cited an unnamed Japanese government official, who said there were signs of possible preparations for a missile launched based on analysis of satellite imagery.

Pyongyang conducted its fourth nuclear test on 6 January, a move that is expected to result in fresh United Nations sanctions.