April 10, 2012 4:26 AM
North Korea says rocket ready for launch as Russia warns against controversial move
South Korean Army soldiers watch a TV news program which shows North Korea's Unha-3 rocket at Seoul train station in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, April 9, 2012. (AP)
Space officials told reporters at a news conference in Pyongyang that the launch of the three-stage rocket is on schedule to happen sometime between April 12-16 as part of centennial birthday commemorations for late President Kim Il Sung, the country's founder.
In a significant diplomatic move, however, Russia warned North Korea not to go forward with the launch, suggesting the move would violate U.N. Security Council resolutions.
North Korea Rocket Launch Means No Food Aid, U.S. Says
The White House bluntly warned North Korea on Tuesday that going ahead with a long-range rocket launch would mean an end to planned American food aid to the secretive and starvation-plagued country.
"It's impossible to imagine that we would be able to follow through (and) provide the nutritional assistance that we had planned on providing, given what would be a flagrant violation of North Korea's basic international obligations," Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, told reporters aboard Air Force One.
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