Sunday, April 5, 2009

North Korea rocket test, UNSC urgent meeting called

TOKYO: North Korea has tested long-rage rocket, while the U.S. Japan and South Korea have declared the Nkorea rocket test an open violation of UN resolution and an emergent meeting of the United Nation Security Council (UNSC) has been called on the demands of these countries.

Meanwhile Russian and China have pleaded restraint in reactions to the North Korea rocket launch condemnations.

North Korea said that it has sent a communication satellite into the space under its peaceful satellite program. However, a statement issued from the Japanese prime minister office said that North Korea missile test was threatening, as it could target Japan.
At the State Department in Washington, spokesman Fred Lash said North Korea launched a rocket at 10:30 p.m. EDT Saturday (0230 GMT). North Korea had informed international authorities that it planned to launch a rocket sometime between Saturday and Wednesday to put a satellite into orbit. But the U.S., South Korea, Japan and others suspect it is a cover for testing a long-range missile for the North, which has nuclear weapons.
Lash added that the North Korean action violated United Nations Security Council Resolution 1718. The council adopted the 2006 resolution five days after North Korea conducted a test of a nuclear weapon
North's Korea's development, deployment and proliferation of missiles, ballistic missile-related materials, equipment and technologies pose a serious threat to the northeast Asia region and to the international community

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