The Straits Times
Published on Dec 03, 2012

Russia urges North Korea to reconsider rocket launch


MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia on Monday strongly urged North Korea to reconsider its plan to launch a rocket later this month, saying Moscow regretted the move.

"We vehemently ask the North Korean government to reconsider the decision to launch the rocket," the foreign ministry said, adding it had heard of the news of the plan "with regret".

North Korea announced on Saturday that it would carry out its second long-range rocket launch this year between Dec 10 and 22.

Pyongyang insists it is a purely "peaceful, scientific" mission aimed at placing a polar-orbiting earth observation satellite in orbit.