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Two previous satellites, also named Kwangmyongsong, or Bright Shining Star, were experimental, but the third will be operational, he said.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said Sunday that Beijing is troubled by North Korea’s launch plan and has urged more diplomacy. Mr. Yang said he had discussed the launch plan during trilateral talks with his counterparts from Seoul and Tokyo in the eastern Chinese city of Ningbo.