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U.N. to meet on North Korea rocket launch issue

Friday, April 13, 2012 - 01:30

April 13 - Chinese and Indonesian officials urge calm on all sides ahead of a U.N. Security Council meeting on North Korea's rocket launch. Megan Detrie reports.

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The UN Security Council will meet today to discuss North Korea's failed rocket launch. The launch is condemned by the US, Russia, South Korea and Japan and is in breach of UN security council sanctions. Analysts in Japan say the embarrassing failure now raises the spectre of a third North Korean nuclear test to prove military strength. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) WASEDA UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, TOSHIMITSU SHIGEMURA, SAYING: "I think the possibility of a nuclear test is quite high. I think there will probably be new sanctions or a strengthening of sanctions by the U.S. and South Korea. So North Korea will likely look for ways to not bow to outside pressure and will hold a nuclear test to do so." Regional powers say the launch was a disguised missile test - North Korea says it was to put a satellite into orbit. Ministers in the region are urging leaders to show maximum restraint fearing the fallout of the launch could destabilise the region. (SOUNDBITE) (English) INDONESIA FOREIGN MINISTER MARTY NATALEGAWA SAYING: "Indonesia wishes to emphasize that at this critical juncture, what is needed most of all, is the exercise of the maximum restraint by all sides." Beijing also called on Friday for calm saying they hope all parties will refrain from doing anything that will harm peace and stability. Megan Detrie, Reuters

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U.N. to meet on North Korea rocket launch issue

Friday, April 13, 2012 - 01:30