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DPRK's satellite launch plan 'provocative': US


09:37, March 17, 2012

A DPRK Television KRT news reader announces the launch of a working satellite to mark the 100th birthday of Kim Il-sung in Pyongyang March 16, 2012 in this still image taken from video. [Photo/Agencies]

WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday slammed a Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) plan to launch a satellite as "highly provocative" and a threat to regional security.

"North Korea's (The DPRK's) announcement that it plans to conduct a missile launch in direct violation of its international obligations is highly provocative. UN Security Council Resolutions 1718 and 1874 clearly and unequivocally prohibit North Korea (the DPRK) from conducting launches that use ballistic missile technology," Clinton said in a statement.

She warned that such a launch would pose a threat to regional security and would also be inconsistent with the DPRK's recent undertaking to refrain from long-range missile launches.

The United States urged the DPRK to "adhere to its international obligations, including all relevant UN Security Council Resolutions," Clinton said, adding that Washington was consulting closely with its international partners on the next steps.

The DPRK announced earlier in the day it would launch an "earth observation" satellite, or the Kwangmyongsong-3, using a long-range rocket to mark the 100th birthday of late leader Kim Il-sung.

The satellite would be launched from a station in North Phyongan province between April 12 and 16, the DPRK's official news agency KCNA reported, citing a spokesman for the Korean Committee for Space Technology.


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Ron at 2012-04-01113.239.231.*
Kim Il-Sung was a nut case and so is his son. They don"t care about the starving people as long as they can continue the 1950"s war. They have never signed a peace treaty and never will
leisun at 2012-03-19182.124.53.*
nuclear wepond gun petrol
andre at 2012-03-1878.86.4.*
Congratulations to the great Korean nation for this achievement. May it help them in their struggle against their sworn and murderous enemies.
sanarco at 2012-03-17124.210.129.*
The late Kim Il-Sung would not be pleased by his grandson"s plan taking advantage of his 100th birthday. There is a number of problems for the young successor to grapple with prior to launching a sattelite. What would his people feel about to see his sattelite in space, if any, with chronic hunger on the brink of death?
Hua1Qiao at 2012-03-1775.72.239.*
3 countries actually polluted the whole universe with satellites and satellites derbies, and yet a small state can"t send one? Kind of hard to understand.

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