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DPRK's failed satellite launch draws int'l concerns, condemnation

(Xinhua)

11:25, April 14, 2012

Undated file Google satellite photo shows the launch pad in Tongchang-ri base, Cholsan County, North Phyongan Province, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). Media reports said the Democratic People's Republic of Korea has launched an earth observation satellite on April 13, 2012. (Xinhua/Zhang Li)

BEIJING, April 13 (Xinhua) -- The failed satellite launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) early Friday has drawn more international reaction, with Russia, China and India urging all parties concerned to show maximum restraint over the issue.

"We are convinced that the responses to the challenge need to be only in diplomatic and political ways," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a joint news briefing after meeting with China's Yang Jiechi and India's S. M. Krishna in Moscow.

The three countries, Lavrov said, also jointly called for a quicker resumption of the six-party talks over the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula.

Answering a question from Xinhua, Yang called on all parties concerned to remain calm and demonstrate restraint over the DPRK's launch.

China hoped all relevant parties could keep in contact over the situation on the Korean Peninsula and make efforts to maintain the stability and peace in the region, Yang said.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said in New Delhi the DPRK's launch "violates United Nations Security Council Resolution 1874 and adversely impacts peace and stability in the Korean peninsula."

"India calls on DPRK not to undertake actions in violation of UNSC resolutions," the spokesperson said.

The DPRK launched a rocket carrying the Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite at 07:38 a.m. local time (2238 GMT Thursday) at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station in Cholsan County, North Pyongan Province.

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Canada at 2012-04-1470.36.49.*
Why is Google, a private corporation, allowed to have a space satellite, and DPRK is not? Also, two U.S. corporations are apparently using ballistic missile technology [?] to put satellites in space [?]. If the latter is true, isn"t that a threat that should be banned?
John at 2012-04-14113.231.244.*
DPRK threatens nuclear war every time the wind blows. Their missile technology is crap. Maybe they can tie a nuke on a donkey and lead it into Soul.
  

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