N. Korea gives no hint on missile, diplomat says

June 24, 2006 08:59

North Korea gave no hint of whether it will fire a long-range missile as widely feared, a New Zealand diplomat said Saturday after a trip to Pyongyang, as the US expressed confidence it can intercept an incoming missile from the North. New Zealand's ambassador to both Koreas, Jane Coombs, said she conveyed her country's "grave concern" to North Korean officials during a four-day trip, but was given no clue whether the Pyongyang regime would go ahead with a launch. "They did not confirm that such a test was imminent ... nor did they deny that such a test was not imminent," Coombs said in Beijing.

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