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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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