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Seoul Condemns N. Korea's Plan to Launch Long-Range Rocket Updated: 2012-03-19 12:00:00 KST

Seoul Condemns N. Korea's Plan to Launch Long-Range Rocket
President Lee Myung-bak this morning condemned North Korea calling its planned rocket launch a 'serious act of provocation'.
Experts fear that North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket to deploy a satellite is actually practice for military ends.
Our presidential office correspondent Eoh Jin-joo tells us more.
The South Korean government has condemned North Korea's plan to launch a long-range rocket calling it ''a serious act of provocation.''

[INTERVIEW : Park Jeong-ha, Spokesperson,Presidential Office of Cheong Wa Dae,] ''The government has concluded that the North Korean plan to launch-- what Pyeongyang calls-- an observation satellite, is a means to carry nuclear weapons using its ballistic missile technology and a serious act of provocation.''

According to experts here in Seoul, South Korea's decision comes after it concluded that North Korea's prospective launch clearly violates UN Security Council resolution 1874.
Under this resolution, which was adopted in 2009, the North is banned from making any launch using ballistic missile technology.
Another factor that is likely to have pushed Seoul to strongly denounce the North, is the precedent the communist regime has left.
North Korea had claimed in two out of its three other tests of long-range missiles in the past, that its rocket launches were aimed at taking its satellite into orbit.


[REPORTER : Eoh Jin-joo,] ''The government announced that it will discuss the issue with leaders from the U.S., Japan, China, Russia and the European Union during their stay in Seoul for next week's Nuclear Security Summit, and added that it will work together with the international community to deal with Pyeongyang's move.
Eoh Jin-joo, Arirang News.''
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