Russia calls on the international community
to rethink its reaction to a planned rocket launch by North Korea, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Wednesday.
“There should be no place for emotions and we must not instigate a new
loop of confrontation,” Ryabkov said adding that the world’s reaction
to the launch should be ‘gauged.’
Pyongyang said the rocket will put an earth observation satellite into orbit.
“We [Russia] are deeply concerned with such [launch] plans and believe that they confront UN Security Council resolutions,” the diplomat added.
North Korean officials insisted the launch is part of a peaceful space program and said the Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite will circle along the solar synchronous orbit at an altitude of 500 kilometers for two years.