MOSCOW - Russia has rebuked North Korea for planning a satellite launch in violation of U.N. resolutions.

Russian state-owned news agency RIA Novosti quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich as saying that Russia views Pyongyang's plans as "an example of ignoring decisions of the U.N. Security Council."

North Korean space officials said on Tuesday that all assembly and preparations for this week's satellite launch had been completed.

The controversial launch would would violate U.N. resolutions and North Korea's promise to refrain from engaging in nuclear and missile activity.

The launch is part of birthday commemorations for late President Kim Il Sung.