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North Korea 'begins fuelling rocket for launch' | World news | guardian.co.uk

North Korea has begun fuelling a rocket in readiness for a launch that could take place within days, further raising tensions between Pyongyang and Washington, it was reported today.

A senior US official told Reuters that Washington was exerting "maximum effort" to avert the rocket launch.

However, the official added: "The general expectation is that this launch is going to proceed."

The US president, Barack Obama, and the South Korean president, Lee Myung-bak - both of whom are in London for the G20 financial summit - agreed on the need for a "stern, united response" if the rocket was launched, a spokesman for Lee said.

North Korea's military has threatened immediate retaliation if "even the slightest effort" is made to intercept the rocket.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 2nd, 2009 at 03:33:34 PM EST
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North Korea could launch missile on April 4 | World | Reuters

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's missile preparations suggest Pyongyang could launch a satellite into space as early as Saturday, an American defence official said on Thursday as the U.S. military monitored the situation.

At the United Nations, Japan's U.N. ambassador, Yukio Takasu, said his country would request an emergency meeting of the Security Council to discuss a possible response if North Korea launched the long-range missile in the coming days.

The United States and others have threatened North Korea with punishment if they launch the long-range missile.

"They're doing everything consistent with the launch of a space vehicle on April 4," the U.S. defence official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 2nd, 2009 at 03:47:55 PM EST
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