US Destroyer Sets Sail Ahead Of North Korean Launch

SEOUL, South Korea — Two U.S. destroyers capable of tracking and intercepting missiles have set sail ahead of a possible North Korean missile launch.

A U.S. military spokesman says the USS McCain has left the South Korean port of Busan and the USS Chafee is set to depart later Monday.

South Korean news reports cited unnamed officials as saying the U.S. ships will monitor North Korea’s rocket launch that could happen as soon as Saturday.

North Korea says it will send a communications satellite into orbit, but regional powers suspect the North is using the launch to test its long-range missile technology.

Commercial satellite imagery taken Sunday by DigitalGlobe clearly shows what appears to be a three-stage vehicle on a launch pad in eastern North Korea.