State Department denounces North Korea’s planned satellite launch
The U.S. State Department today denounced North Korea’s plan to launch a satellite sometime between Dec. 10 and Dec. 22.
“A North Korean “satellite” launch would be a highly provocative act that threatens peace and security in the region,” stated Victoria Nuland, spokeswoman for the State Department.
In a written statement, Nuland noted that “any North Korean launch using ballistic missile technology is in direct violation of UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) 1718 and 1874.”
She urged Pyongyang to comply with U.N. Security Council resolutions pertaining to the country’s nuclear program and long-range missile development.
“Devoting scarce resources to the development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles will only further isolate and impoverish North Korea,” Nuland stated. “The path to security for North Korea lies in investing in its people and abiding by its commitments and international obligations.”
According to Nuland, the United States is consulting with its allies and partners on how to handle the matter.
The Security Council “strongly condemned” North Korea’s satellite launch in April and tightened sanctions against Pyongyang.
- U.S. State Department: North Korean Announcement of a Launch December 10-22, 2012
- United Nations Security Council: Statement by the President of the Security Council on “Non-proliferation/Democratic People’s Republic of Korea” on April 16, 2012 (PDF)