London: The United States, South Korea and Japan have condemned North Korea’s plans to launch a rocket carrying a satellite, a further major breach of UN resolutions following a nuclear test in January.
The International Maritime Organization said it had received a shipping warning from North Korea of its intention to launch an earth observation satellite between 8 and 25 February.
The Japanese Prime Minister,Shinzo Abe, told parliament that ‘If North Korea goes ahead and launches the rocket, it would clearly violate UN security council resolutions and pose a serious provocation.
UN resolutions forbid North Korea from any use of ballistic missile technology, and imposed sanctions following the country’s previous rocket launch in December 2012.
The White House said any satellite launch by North Korea would be viewed by the international community as another destabilising provocation.