Moscow asks North Korea not to launch rocket

Russia has urged North Korea to revise its decision on a rocket launch, a Russian Foreign Ministry statement says.

"We don't doubt the right of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to peaceful space exploration, however, the realization of this right is possible only in the context of the cancellation of the said decisions. We insistently call on the government of DPRK to revise its decision on the rocket launch," a statement circulated on Monday says.

"Russia took with regret the announcement of representatives of the Korean Committee of Space Technology on the launch of a rocket with a satellite planned for the period of Dec. 10-22," the statement says. "We have drawn the attention of the North Korean side many times to the impermissibility of ignoring UN Security Council Resolution 1874 that unequivocally prohibits DPRK from launching rockets employing ballistic technologies," it says.

As a member of the United Nations, North Korea is obliged the fulfill UN Security Council resolutions that are mandatory for all member-nations of the organization, the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed.

"For its part, Russia together with its partners in the six-party talks is ready to continue efforts to settle problems of the Korean peninsula, which could result in the cancellation of sanction restrictions with regard to Pyongyang and the establishment of conditions for the full-scale involvement of DPRK in international cooperation in various spheres, including peaceful space exploration and nuclear power engineering," the statement says.

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