TOKYO, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Japan on Tuesday extended the period of its "destroy debris" order over a rocket launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) as it announced to extend the launch window to Dec. 29.
The extension was made by Japanese Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto on Tuesday afternoon, requiring Japan's Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to prevent any wreckage of the launch from falling into Japanese territory.
Morimoto said the extension of launch window suggests the DPRK would continue the rocket launch.
Japan is now closely monitoring any development of the launch. Morimoto said Japan will not downgrade the alert level before any postponement has been confirmed by the government or the DPRK officially announces the delay.
The DPRK announced the extension on Monday after saying it will readjust the launch for some reasons. The launch was scheduled for Dec. 10 and 22 from 7 a.m. to noon.
The DPRK said the rocket is to put a satellite into orbit. However, some countries considered the launch as DPRK's test for long-range ballistic missile.