Russian rocket units will not be put on high alert ahead of N. Korean launch

Russia's Aerospace Defense Forces will monitor the upcoming launch of a North Korean rocket, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Col. Gen. Oleg Ostapenko told the country's news agencies.

Answering a question from Interfax-AVN, Ostapenko said he "saw no point" in placing Air Defense units in the Far East on high alert ahead of the planned launch,"especially as the North Korean rocket is incapable of tackling the tasks our missile defense shield is design to respond to."

Commenting on how the Russian Aerospace Forces will act during the North Korean launch, Ostapenko said that the forces "will monitor the operation."

"In any case, the early warning missile attack system and the outer space control system will function," he said.

Pyongyang announced earlier that it would send a satellite into space with the launch on Dec. 29.

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