North Korea satellite launch announcement sparks concerns from UN, US and other countries

By on Mar 18, 2012 in Asia, International, Politics, Science Comments

Updated: April 10, 2012 6:15 p.m.

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The recently announced North Korea rocket launch ignited concerns from UN, US government and other countries, citing it as a violation of the earlier food aid agreement in exchange of the suspension of their nuclear missile tests.

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un (center), along
with other government officials

Image Credit: AFP/Getty Images

As noted at international news sites on Friday, March 16, 2012, countries such as US, Russia, Japan and South Korea expressed their concerns to North Korea for their upcoming satellite launch, which is being scheduled to happen next month.

As reported earlier, North Korean state news agency KCNA announced that day that Pyongyang plans to launch an earth observation satellite named Kwangmyongsong-3 between April 12 and 16, a launch pad in Cholsan, Pyongyang, marking the the 100th birthday of its late founding leader Kim Il-sung, grandfather of its leader, Kim Jong-un.

However, the North Korea satellite launch, which will use ballistic missile technology, is being believed to be strong violation of the earlier ‘food aid agreement’, where North Korea would receive 240,000 metric tons of foodstuffs, provided that they will suspend their nuclear missile testing.

“I think we’re going to take a pause here and see what happens. A North Korean launch of a satellite would be highly provocative.” US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland was quoted on CNN, emphasizing that the act is clearly a violation from the agreement made last month.

According to RIA Novosti also on Friday, Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement expressing “serious concern” over the planned launch, mentioning that UN Security Council Resolution 1874 banned North Korea from conducting launches that use ballistic missile technology.

Likewise, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is also urging North Korea to drop its satellite launch plans, and reportedly released a statement saying that “DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) should reconsider its decision”.

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