The Straits Times
Published on Dec 04, 2012

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


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.