EU calls on N. Korea to refrain from rocket launch

March 17, 2012 20:48


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BRUSSELS - European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton urged North Korea on Saturday to abandon plans to launch a long-range rocket.

"The High Representative calls on the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) to confirm as a matter of urgency that it will refrain from the proposed launch and to resume work on mutual confidence building," a statement from Ashton's office said.

On Friday, the reclusive state said it would launch a "working" satellite to mark the centenary of its founder Kim Il-sung's birth next month in the face of a declaration to suspend long-range missile testing.

Foreign officials have said the past launches are disguised long-range missile tests.

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