April 1, 2009 / 3:35 PM / 11 years ago

U.S. says to turn to U.N. if North Korea launches missile

This GeoEye-1 satellite image, released March 30, 2009 and taken February 26, 2009, shows the North Korean missile facility at Musudan. REUTERS/GeoEye

LONDON (Reuters) - The United States will respond to any North Korean missile launch by raising the matter in the U.N. Security Council, a U.S. official said on Wednesday.

North Korea has said it will launch a communications satellite between April 4 and 8 under its space program. Washington and its allies in Asia see the plan as a disguised long-range missile test.

The U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity on the sidelines of a G20 meeting in London, said Washington would react if North Korea launched a missile.

“There are U.N. Security Council resolutions so I would expect we would be talking to the U.N. Security Council about how to respond,” the official told reporters.

“The president made clear we are deeply concerned about the prospective missile launch by the North Koreans ... That this is provocative to the region and contrary to U.N. Security Council resolutions ... There will be a reaction to it.”

Reporting by Caren Bohan, writing by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Alison Williams

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