North Korea Says It Will Launch Satellite Into Orbit
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea announced on Friday that it planned to launch a satellite into orbit next month, testing a technology that the United States and the United Nations Security Council have condemned as a cover for developing and testing long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles.
The announcement came only two weeks after North Korea agreed with the United States that it would suspend uranium enrichment, allow U.N. inspectors and place a moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests in return for 240,000 tons of food aid. The Feb. 29 deal, if implemented, was widely expected to lead to broader multilateral talks aimed at dismantling the North’s nuclear weapons program.
By CHOE SANG-HUN
Published: March 16, 2012 ©2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED THE AUTHOR(S) AND THE PUBLISHER