- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 2, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pentagon officials say that North Korea has begun final preparations for its threatened missile test, moving fuel trucks and fueling equipment to a coastal launch site.

But three senior U.S. defense officials said Thursday it is unclear whether actual fueling had begun. But one official said trailers and vehicles used for fueling have been stationed near the launch pad. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak publicly on intelligence matters.

At the G-20 summit in London, President Barack Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak issued a statement agreeing on “a stern, united response from the international community if North Korea launches a long-range rocket.”

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