NATO calls on North Korea to cancel rocket launch

BRUSSELS Wed Dec 5, 2012 3:38pm EST

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. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

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

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO on Wednesday called on North Korea to cancel plans for its second rocket launch of 2012, saying it would violate U.N. resolutions and could further destabilize the Korean peninsula.

NATO ambassadors expressed "grave concern at North Korea's declared intent to launch a rocket using ballistic missile technology this month", an alliance statement said.

"Such an act would be in direct violation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1718 and 1874. It would risk exacerbating tensions in the region and further destabilizing the Korean peninsula," it said.

"We call on the North Korean authorities to meet their obligations under international law and comply fully with the will of the international community as expressed by the United Nations Security Council and the moratorium on missile launches," it said.

North Korea's state news agency announced the decision to launch another space satellite on Saturday. Media reports say North Korea told neighbors it would take a path similar to that planned for a failed rocket launch in April.

Russia and China urged North Korea on Monday not to go ahead with the planned rocket launch, with Moscow saying it would violate restrictions imposed by the U.N. Security Council.

(Reporting by Adrian Croft; editing by Andrew Roche)

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Comments (8)
AlkalineState wrote:
Cancel it? This is a North Korean rocket. It will be so half-assed, it will cancel itself 20 seconds after launch.

Dec 05, 2012 1:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
americanguy wrote:
The most powerful military force in the history of the world (NATO), finally flexing its muscles and saying something.
Me likey.

Dec 05, 2012 1:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ofilha wrote:
As if they care, it’s almost like we are taunting them. But if i recall correctly the last big rocket they sent out was a dud.

Dec 05, 2012 1:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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