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article imageNorth Korea's April satellite launch condemned as 'provocation'

By Paul Iddon     Mar 16, 2012 in Politics
The United States and North Korea's regional neighbours have condemned Pyongyang's intention to launch a rocket-mounted satellite this April.
BBC News reports that North Korea will launch this rocket on the 100th birthday of the late Great Leader Kim il Sung.
U.S Secretary of State Hilary Clinton condemned this announcement stating that:
"Such a missile launch would pose a threat to regional security and would also be inconsistent with North Korea's recent undertaking to refrain from long-range missile launches."
Russia has dubbed the plan a "serious concern" and South Korea has stated that this satellite test would represent a "clear violation" of UN Security Council Resolutions passed after a similar launch in 2009.
Japan is also showing some concern given that that April 2009 was launched without warning over their territory.
As the LA Times points out in a report on this development ballistic missiles tested in 1998 and 2009 were both carried out under the pretense of being satellite launches.
It was only last month that the regime in Pyongyang agreed to suspend its long-range missile tests in exchange for the providence by the United States of 240,000 tonnes of food aid.
John Delury a professor at Yonsei University in Seoul was startled by North Koreans sudden reversal and pondered its puzzling implications:
"Why did they make a deal if two weeks later they're going to scuttle it, without even getting anything out of it?
This doesn't make sense in the standard North Korean playbook."
Reuters in its report on these developments on the Korean peninsula has outlined how the satellite launch could be a deal breaker and result in the U.S. scraping the food deal. It quoted Navy Captain John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman who called out North Korea for its "destabilizing behaviour," and added that "we urge the North Korean leadership to reconsider this decision."
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