White House warns North Korea over missile launch

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE Tue Apr 10, 2012 11:17am EDT

1 of 4. A soldier stands guard in front of the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket sitting on a launch pad at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site, during a guided media tour by North Korean authorities in the northwest of Pyongyang April 8, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Bobby Yip

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - The White House on Tuesday warned North Korea that its planned long-range missile launch would be a flagrant breach of the impoverished country's international obligations and would jeopardize food aid from Washington.

The launch of the Unha-3 rocket, which North Korea says will merely put a weather satellite into space, breaches U.N. sanctions imposed to prevent Pyongyang from developing a missile that could carry a nuclear warhead.

"The proposed missile launch, if conducted, would represent a clear and serious violation of North Korea's obligations under two United Nations Security Council resolutions," said White House press secretary Jay Carney.

"We will continue to work with our partners on next steps if North Korea goes through with this provocation and we continue to urge countries to have influence on North Korea to work to persuade North Korea to consider a different path," Carney told reporters traveling with President Barack Obama.

He declined to spell out what the next steps might be but made clear the launch, which is set to take place between Thursday and next Monday, would sink planned U.S. food aid for the country, which has suffered from famine in the past.

"It is impossible to imagine we would be able to follow through with and provide nutritional assistance we have planned on providing, given what would be a flagrant violation of North Korea's basic international obligations," Carney said.

(Reporting by Steve Holland, writing by Alister Bull; Editing by Bill Trott)

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Comments (11)
kafantaris wrote:
Forget these fools.
If they can ignore their starving people to conduct expensive missile tests — when no one is even remotely threatening then — they deserve no further consideration from any of us.
They can conduct all the missile tests they want with their primitive rocket technology. We ain’t scared.
But they had better not cut too many corners in their rush to show off or they will blow up themselves first.

Apr 09, 2012 8:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Wicked93 wrote:
“U.S. tells North Korea not to carry out nuclear test”

Or what? Will we taunt them a second time?

Apr 09, 2012 9:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
crbob wrote:
I object to the U.S. giving food aid as an objective of appeasing North Korea from doing anything, we give them food aid and they just blackmail us for more…..let them starve and go ahead with their missile tests, I am sure that we have installed the means for South Korea to more than defend itself in the event of an attack by North Korea, if they use nuclear power then wipe them off the map as MacArthur wanted to do in the 50′s…….

Apr 09, 2012 10:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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