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Dialogue 20120321 DPRK plans satellite launch

03-22-2012 04:52 BJT

DPRK is to launch in mid-April a working satellite, Kwangmyongsong-3, manufactured by itself with indigenous technology to mark the 100th birth anniversary of President Kim Il Sung. The announcement came 17 days after the DPRK agreed to impose a moratorium on nuclear tests and long-range missile launches and allow international nuclear inspectors to return to the country. In return, the United States agreed to provide the country with 240,000 tons of food aid. Washington hoped that the Democratic DPRK will drop its plan to launch a satellite in April. China has expressed its stance and concern to all sides, and urged them to keep calm and restrained. It is in all sides'' interests to maintain the peace and stability in Northeast Asia and along the Korean Peninsula.

Dialogue 20120321 DPRK plans satellite launch

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