DPRK denounces U.S.for double standards on rocket launches
PYONGYANG, Feb 02, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
The Democratic People's Republic
of Korea (DPRK) on Saturday criticized the United States for
employing double standards on the DPRK's space program and South
Korea's rocket launch.
"The U.S. unconditional criticism of our satellite launch and
its unconditional approval of a satellite launch by the South are
at the height of double standards," an unidentified foreign
ministry spokesperson was quoted by the state-run KCNA news agency
The accusation came three days after South Korea successfully
launched its first space rocket, the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1,
putting a satellite into orbit.
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Thursday
that there was no basis for comparing the rocket programs of the
DPRK and South Korea, given that South Korea "has developed its
Washington and Seoul have long called the DPRK's rocket launch
a cover for a test of Pyongyang's banned ballistic missile
technology, while Pyongyang has insisted that the test was for
peaceful purposes only.
On Jan. 22, the UN Security Council condemned the DPRK's
satellite launch last December, demanding the DPRK not proceed
with any further launches using ballistic missile technology.
The DPRK on Jan. 24 vowed to conduct more rocket launches and a
higher-level nuclear test targeting its "sworn enemy," the United
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Wednesday that
China opposes any moves that might escalate tensions and are not
conducive to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Beijing also calls on all parties to work together to safeguard
the peace and stability of the peninsula.
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