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NATO calls on DPRK to cancel rocket launch

(Agencies) Updated: 2012-12-06 09:57

BRUSSELS - NATO on Wednesday called on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to cancel plans for its second rocket launch of 2012, saying it would violate UN resolutions and could further destabilise the Korean peninsula.

NATO ambassadors expressed "grave concern at DPRK's declared intent to launch a rocket using ballistic missile technology this month", an alliance statement said.

"Such an act would be in direct violation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1718 and 1874. It would risk exacerbating tensions in the region and further destabilising the Korean peninsula," it said.

"We call on the DPRK's authorities to meet their obligations under international law and comply fully with the will of the international community as expressed by the United Nations Security Council and the moratorium on missile launches," it said.

DPRK's state news agency announced the decision to launch another space satellite on Saturday. Media reports say DPRK told neighbours it would take a path similar to that planned for a failed rocket launch in April.

Russia and China urged DPRK on Monday not to go ahead with the planned rocket launch, with Moscow saying it would violate restrictions imposed by the UN Security Council.

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