North Korea says its leader Kim Jong Un has approved the next steps of an action plan for a military spy satellite.
North Korea's state media reported on Wednesday that Kim inspected the country's No. 1 military reconnaissance satellite on the previous day ahead of its launch as final preparations have been completed.
Kim is shown in a photograph clad in a white coat looking at what appears to be the spy satellite. He is accompanied by his daughter.
United Nations Security Council resolutions prohibit North Korea from launching objects using ballistic missile technology.
But the country reiterated its intention to launch a long-range ballistic missile under the pretext of putting a satellite into orbit.
The launch would be the first since February 2016, in violation of the resolutions.