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Originally published Monday, December 3, 2012 at 2:38 AM

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SKorea to reroute flights on NKorean rocket path

South Korea says it plans to reroute passenger flights over the Yellow Sea to avoid possible collisions with debris from a long-range rocket that North Korea plans to launch this month.

The Associated Press

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SEOUL, South Korea —

South Korea says it plans to reroute passenger flights over the Yellow Sea to avoid possible collisions with debris from a long-range rocket that North Korea plans to launch this month.

The Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs said Monday it made the decision after learning that North Korea had informed China and Singapore of the flight path and other details of the launch, set for Dec. 10-22.

North Korea told those nations the rocket would be launched in the morning and its debris would fall into the Yellow Sea and in waters east of the Philippines.

Ministry officials say they will reroute six Korean Air flights. They also are considering whether to reroute or change the departure times of several Korean Air and Asiana Airlines flights to Manila.

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