North Korea continues to defy international guidelines. It has announced that it will launch a satellite between February 8 and 25. The decision has angered a number of countries like Japan, South Korea and the United States.
The proposed launch of the earth observation satellite is a breach of the UN resolutions. This is the second time since January that Pyongyang ignored the internationally-accepted resolutions. In January, it claimed to have a nuclear test.
According to UN resolutions, the North is prohibited from using ballistic missile technology. In December 2012, when Pyongyang performed a rocket launch, the UN imposed sanctions on the Asian power.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday that it was a “serious provocation.” “If North Korea goes ahead and launches the rocket, it would clearly violate UN Security Council resolutions and pose a serious provocation,”
“If North Korea goes ahead and launches the rocket, it would clearly violate UN Security Council resolutions and pose a serious provocation,” The Guardian quoted him as saying in parliament.
South Korea called it a “direct challenge against the international community.”
“North Korea must clearly understand that if they carry out long-range missile test, it would be a severe threat against peace and stability of the Korean peninsula, this region and the world and must immediately withdraw its plan,” CNN quoted Cho Tae-yong, First Deputy Director of National Security, South Korean Presidential Office, as saying.
The North insists its space programme is merely a scientific experiment. The international community, on the contrary, considers such launches to be disguised ballistic missile tests.
The White House said the international community would view the proposed launch as “just another irresponsible provocation.”
“North Korea is defying the UN Security Council, it’s defying its … neighbour China, it’s defying the international community to the detriment of regional peace and security, and to the detriment of North Korean people itself,” Daniel Russel, the assistant US secretary of state for Asia-Pacific affairs, said.