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North Korea plans to launch long-range rocket

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On Friday, North Korea announced that the country will launch a satellite mounted to a long-range rocket into orbit, as a celebratory action for late leader Kim Il Sung’s 100th birthday.

The statement caused international concern as North Korea agreed to stop its nuclear program and weapon testing just 16 days earlier. In return, the United States would give 240,000 metric tons of food to the famine-stricken North Korea.

The launch is scheduled to take place between April 12 through the 16.

“Such a missile launch would pose a threat to regional security and would also be inconsistent with North Korea’s recent undertaking to refrain from long-range missile launches,” said U.S. State Department spokeswoman, Victoria Nuland. “We call on North Korea to adhere to its international obligations, including all relevant U.N. Security Council Resolutions. We are consulting closely with our international partners on next steps.”

If North Korea goes through with the launch, U.S. officials said that the food aid deal could be threatened.

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