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N. Korea's Rocket Launch Sparks Concern In Other Countries Updated: 2012-03-19 12:00:00 KST

N. Korea's Rocket  Launch Sparks Concern In Other Countries
North Korea may not be listening.
Even China, North Korea's long-time ally.. has called the launch a "worry" in the first sign of tension since Kim Jong-Un succeeded his father.
North Korea has said it plans to launch the rocket as part of the celebration of the 100th birthday of North Korea's founder, Kim Il-Sung.
In voicing its displeasure, China's foreign ministry said constructive efforts are necessary to keep peace on the Korean peninsula.

[Interview : Liu Weimin, Spokesperson
Chinese Foreign Ministry] "Keeping peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and the northeastern region aligned with all sides' interests is the hope of the international community."

Japan also voiced strong concerns.. insisting that the planned rocket launch would be a breach of a UN resolution adopted after North Korea's 2009 missile tests.

The United States said the launch of a satellite with a long-range rocket would violate its February agreement on a nuclear moratorium and endanger U.S. plans to resume food aid.

[Interview : Victoria Nuland, Spokesperson
U.S. State Department] "Were we to have a launch it would create obvious tensions that would make the implementation of any kind of nutritional agreement quite difficult."

The recent agreement with Pyongyang was already coming under fire in Washington.
At least 5 U.S. Senators have accused President Barack Obama's administration of "embracing a policy of appeasement" with Pyongyang.
The senators argued in an open letter that giving food aid to North Korea in exchange for promises related to its nuclear program sends the wrong message to other nations.
Lee Connie, Arirang News.
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