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UN chief 'concerned' over N.Korea rocket launch plans

Published on Dec 4, 2012 3:27 PM
 
A soldier stands guard in front of a rocket sitting on a launch pad at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site, during a guided media tour by North Korean authorities in the north-west of Pyongyang in this April 8, 2012 file photo. North Korea will launch a satellite in mid-December, the official KCNA news agency quoted officials as saying on Dec 1, 2012. The satellite would be launched between Dec 10-22, it quoted a spokesman for the Korean Committee for Space Technology as saying. UN chief Ban Ki Moon is "seriously concerned" about North Korea's planned rocket launch, warning that it could heighten tensions in the region, his office said in a statement on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - UN chief Ban Ki Moon is "seriously concerned" about North Korea's planned rocket launch, warning that it could heighten tensions in the region, his office said in a statement on Tuesday.

Pyongyang announced on Saturday that it intends to launch a long-range rocket between Dec 10 and 22, a move condemned by the United States, South Korea and Japan.

Ban said the move would violate UN Security Council resolutions forbidding North Korea from conducting any launches using ballistic missile technology.

"The Secretary-General strongly urges the DPRK to reconsider its decision and to suspend all activities related to its ballistic missile programme," Mr Ban's office said, using the acronym for North Korea's official name.

 
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