U.S. says N. Korean missile test wouldn't be a surprise
Friday, April 05, 2013 - 01:38
April 5 - The White House says a North Korean missile test would come as no surprise amid media reports the North has deployed its mobile missile launchers along the East Coast. Deborah Gembara reports.
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In the latest video released by Pyongyang, an unmanned plane or drone, is shot down by North Korean forces in this military exercise, all under the watchful eye of leader Kim Jong-Un.
Friday, the reclusive state asked embassies to consider moving diplomats out. And South Korean media reports the North has moved mobile missile launchers to the east coast.
None of this has gone unnoticed in Washington.
White House Spokesman Jay Carney fielded questions about the likelihood of a new missile test.
SOUNDBITE:White House Spokesman Jay Carney saying:
"We would not be surprised to see them take such an action. We have seen them launch missiles in the past. It would fit their current pattern of bellicose, unhelpful and unconstructive rhetoric and actions."
The rising tension even prompted Cuba's Fidel Castro to issue a plea to ally North Korea in his weekly column.
His remarks, were read on Cuban TV.
SOUNDBITE: TV Presenter Eduardo Mora saying:
"I remind them of their duties to countries that have been their great friends and that it wouldn't be fair to forget that such a war would affect, in a serious way, more than 70 percent of the earth's population."
Castro went on to say that U.S. has a "duty" to avoid conflict with the reclusive state. Growing concern in the west prompted the U.S. to deploy destroyers to the region even though most experts believe North Korea lacks the capability to carry out a nuclear strike.
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