U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urges North Korea to reconsider rocket launch
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today strongly urged North Korea to reconsider its plan to launch a rocket in the coming weeks.
“Any such launch would constitute a clear violation of Security Council Resolution 1874 (2009), in which the Council demanded that the [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] not conduct any launch using ballistic missile technology. Such a launch would also heighten tension in the region,” the Secretary-General’s office stated in a note to correspondents.
The North Korean state news agency announced on Saturday that it will launch a satellite between Dec. 10 and 22.
“The launch will greatly encourage the Korean people stepping up the building of a thriving nation and offer an important occasion of putting the country’s technology for the use of space for peaceful purposes on a new, higher stage,” a spokesman for the Korean Committee for Space Technology told the Korean Central News Agency of DPRK.
The North Korean government claimed the satellite launch is for “peaceful scientific and technological” purposes.
North Korea’s launch of Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite in April was unsuccessful.
“Scientists and technicians of the DPRK analyzed the mistakes that were made during the previous April launch and deepened the work of improving the reliability and precision of the satellite and carrier rocket, thereby rounding off the preparations for launch,” the spokesman stated.
The United States has denounced North Korea’s decision, stating that any use of ballistic missile technology would be a “highly provocative act.”
The State Department announced that the U.S. is holding talks today with representatives from Japan and South Korea to discuss the latest developments.
- State Department: Press briefing Dec. 4, 2012
- WhatTheFolly.com: State Department denounces North Korea’s planned satellite launch
- Korean Central Agency of DPRK: DPRK to Launch Working Satellite – Dec. 1, 2012
- United Nations: Note to correspondents — in response to questions on the DPRK’s announcement of a planned rocket launch