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DPRK launch warning

THE Democratic People's Republic of Korea warned the United States, Japan and their allies not to interfere with its plan to launch a satellite into space next month, saying yesterday that any intervention could doom already stalled talks on ending its nuclear weapons program.

DPRK has declared its intention to send a communications satellite into space between April 4 and 8. Regional powers suspect the North will use the launch to test its long-range missile technology, and has warned Pyongyang the launch would trigger international sanctions.

Yesterday, the North's Foreign Ministry reasserted its right to peaceful development of its space program.

"The countries which find fault with (North Korea's) satellite launch including the US and Japan launched satellites before it," said the statement carried by the North's official Korean Central News Agency. The stance proves "their hostility toward us," it said.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported that South Korea's top nuclear negotiator Wi Sung-lac said his country is working on contingency plans in case Pyongyang goes ahead with the rocket launch.

"As the clock ticks, we are placing more weight on countermeasures after a launch," he said.


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