Russia concerned over DPRK's satellite launch plan
MOSCOW, Mar 16, 2012 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
Russia is seriously concerned about
a satellite launch plan of the Democratic People's Republic of
Korea (DPRK), calling on Pyongyang not to go ahead with it, the
country' s Foreign Ministry said Friday.
"We urge Pyongyang not to oppose itself to the international
community, to abstain from actions aggravating situation in the
region and creating additional difficulties for the resumption of
the six-party talks on the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula,"
the Foreign Ministry said.
Moscow said the resumption of the six-party talks and
political- diplomatic settlement of the regional problems is the
only way to heal the situation on the Korean Peninsula and to
gradually lift the UN Security Council sanctions against the DPRK.
Under the UN Security Council Resolution 1874, the DPRK is
prohibited from conducting launches that use ballistic missile
However, the Foreign Ministry noted that Moscow had never
denied DPRK's sovereign right to pursue peaceful space programs.
Russia also urged all parties involved in the settlement
process on the peninsula for maximum restraint.
Earlier Friday, the DPRK announced it would launch in mid-April
a working satellite, Kwangmyongsong-3, domestically manufactured
with indigenous technology to mark the 100th birth anniversary of
its late leader Kim Il Sung.
The satellite would be launched from a station in north
Pyongyang Province between April 12 and 16, the DPRK's official
news agency KCNA reported, quoting a spokesman for the Korean
Committee for Space Technology.
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