UN chief concerned about DPRK's satellite launch plan
UNITED NATIONS, Dec 03, 2012 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-
moon was concerned about a plan announced by the Democratic People
's Republic of Korea (DPRK)to launch a satellite later this month,
and called on Pyongyang to work towards building confidence with
neighboring countries, a UN spokesman said here Monday.
UN spokesman Martin Nesirky made the statement at a daily news
briefing here when asked about the UN response to the DPRK's
Saturday announcement that it would launch an earth observation
satellite between Dec. 10-22 from the Sohae Space Center in DPRK's
North Phyongan Province.
Nesirky recalled a statement by the secretary-general in April,
at the time of the launch of a satellite, saying that the
secretary-general then said that the launch, which had failed, was
deplorable because it defied the firm and unanimous stance of the
The DPRK attempted a satellite launch in April to mark the
100th birthday of late DPRK founder Kim Il Sung. But the rocket
failed to send the satellite into orbit and crashed into sea.
Nesirky, citing Ban's statement, said that the secretary-
general had also said that the launch was in direct violation of
UN Security Council Resolution 1874 and a threat to regional
Resolution 1874 was adopted by the UN Security Council in June
2009 following a nuclear test conducted in the DPRK on May 25,
In that statement, the secretary-general also urged the DPRK
not to undertake any further provocative actions that would
heighten tension in the region.
Nesirky said that "the secretary-general's views had not change
on that matter."
He also noted that at the time the secretary-general had called
on the DPRK authorities to work towards building confidence with
neighboring countries and improving the life of its people.
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