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NKorean satellite launch would trigger UN sanctions: Aso

Russia questions NKorea rocket launch: reports
Russia on Monday questioned the type of rocket North Korea intends to launch and urged restraint among all interested parties, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters Monday as quoted by Russian agencies. "No-one forbids anyone to launch satellites, but on the other hand, we must understand what kind of missile this is," Lavrov said. "We monitor the situation and expect that everyone will employ restraint and keep to the obligations based on the UN resolutions," the minister said. Last week North Korea, defying international warnings, said its preparations to launch a satellite are making "brisk headway" but gave no date for the exercise. Seoul and Washington see such a launch as a pretext to test the Taepodong-2 missile, which could theoretically reach Alaska. They say a rocket launch for any purpose would violate a UN resolution passed after the last missile test.
by Staff Writers
Tokyo (AFP) March 2, 2009
Japan's Prime Minister Taro Aso signalled on Monday that a North Korean rocket launch -- even one carrying a satellite -- would lead to UN Security Council sanctions against the communist state.

North Korea has said it is preparing to fire a rocket for what it calls a satellite launch, although the United States and South Korea say its purpose is to test a missile that could theoretically reach Alaska.

Aso said if the North goes ahead with a launch, "in any case, it will be discussed at the UN Security Council," local media reported.

The premier made the remark after his Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone said in Beijing at the weekend that any rocket launch by Pyongyang would violate a UN Security Council resolution.

The Japanese government plans to call for a meeting of the UN Security Council and seek a new resolution that would include additional sanctions if North Korea goes ahead with the planned launch, Kyodo News reported, quoting government sources.

In 2006, the UN body imposed sanctions on North Korea for a similar missile test that Pyongyang had insisted was a satellite launch.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency earlier said a launch may come in late March or early April, as a US-South Korean military exercise is scheduled for March 9-20 and a US-South Korea summit is set to take place on the sidelines of the April 2 G20 meeting in London.

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NKorea assembling rocket ahead of planned launch: report
Seoul (AFP) Feb 27, 2009
North Korea appears to have begun assembling a rocket which it claims will launch a satellite, a report said Friday, despite US and South Korean warnings to halt what they see as a planned missile test.

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