North Korea is expected to launch its second reconnaissance satellite by the end of this month at the latest, a U.S. think tank said Tuesday, citing satellite images and remarks by South Korean officials.

North Korea's preparations for the launch were suspended for "unknown reasons," but it is "expected soon, potentially within days or by the end of April at the latest," the Center for Strategic and International Studies said in its report.

File photo shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) celebrating the successful launch of a military reconnaissance satellite in November 2023 at a launch pad in Tongchang-ri in North Korea. (KNS/Kyodo)

South Korea's Yonhap News Agency has reported that the launch may take place this week at a new launch site in Tongchang-ri in North Korea's northwest, quoting a government source.

After the first launch of a spy satellite in November, North Korea said it plans to launch three more this year.

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