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N. Korea Firm on Planned Rocket Launch Updated: 2012-04-03 12:00:00 KST

N. Korea Firm on Planned Rocket Launch
Amid mounting international pressure to call off its planned long-range rocket launch, North Korea says it will push ahead with its satellite launch in mid-April.

[Interview : Ri Gun, N. American affairs bureau director general
N. Korean Foreign Ministry] "The satellite will be launched as part of our peaceful plan."
It was one of the issues discussed."

The Americans likely urged their North Korean counterparts to cancel the satellite launch since UN Security Council resolutions ban the country from using any nuclear and missile-related technology.
While the U.S. State Department denied the talks in Germany involved government officials, Yonhap News reports that Washington and Pyeongyang have left dialogue channels open through the North Korean UN mission in New York.
Although the U.S. canceled its promised resumption of food aid to North Korea saying rocket launch broke a proposed denuclearization deal, the International Atomic Energy Agency is in continued talks with Pyeongyang on the process.
The IAEA spokesperson said his organization has requested additional information on the communist regime's invitation to examine its nuclear facilities, such as the timing of the visit.
Choi You-sun, Arirang News.
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