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N. Korean rocket ’provocative,’ U.S. Pacific commander says

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:34 a.m. HST, Apr 11, 2012

TOKYO >> The top U.S. military commander in the Pacific has called North Korea’s plans to launch a rocket a “highly provocative” move that would threaten regional security and could affect future security plans.

Adm. Samuel Locklear says the launch would be a direct violation of Pyongyang’s international obligations and U.N. Security Council resolutions.

He told reporters in Japan on Wednesday: “The event poses a threat to regional security that has to be considered as we move forward with the security of the (U.S.-Japan) alliance and the security of our relationships here in Asia.”

North Korea says it is putting a satellite into orbit, but Locklear says the real objective appears to be a ballistic missile test.

The launch is expected between Thursday and Monday.

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manakuke wrote:
Strange their launch path doesn't match a weather satellite; it’s not real 'rocket science' to figure out.
on April 11,2012 | 04:35AM
Charliegrunt wrote:
There;s only one way to deal with that maniac. Tell him that if that rocket goes off course or they launch anything but a satellite, we will respond by dropping a missile on the launch site. Then, do it! They can't afford to build many launch sites, and it is doubtful that their launch crews will be anxious to do it again.
on April 11,2012 | 06:47AM
loquaciousone wrote:
I shot a rocket in the air. Where it lands I know not where. Who gives a rot what others think about me. I do anything I please as long as they give me kimchee.
on April 11,2012 | 06:53AM
cojef wrote:
We have deployed and mobilized our array of defense weaponry out to sea, ready to test our own capability and blast the North Korean missile out of the ether if it strays anywhere close to us. Their version is launch of a satellite, but is it really??? They have consistently lied and we have not called them on it. How will a globalized government of the future respond to a rogue nation? Swiftly and decively, like any totalitarian country will, i.e. Syria currently in spite of the peace negotiations.
on April 11,2012 | 07:42AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
What right does the US or anybody have to tell another sovereign country that cannot launch a rocket that is for benign purposes? USA launches rockets all the time with military satellites but says NK cannot launch a weather satellite? If the rocket causes damage there is a way to recover costs from NK and punish them. Otherwise we should butt-out of other countries' activities.
on April 11,2012 | 09:42AM
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