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Russia: N. Korea Rocket Launch 'Disregard' Of UN Resolutions

Russia on Tuesday reminded North Korea that it would be a "disregard" of U.N. Security Council resolutions if it went ahead with the proposed launching of a rocket to place a satellite in orbit.

"We consider the decision by Pyongyang to carry out a launch of the satellite as an example of disregard for U.N. resolutions," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said, and called for a way out to the situation through political and diplomatic methods.

North Korea plans to launch the satellite during April 12-16 to commemorate the birth centenary of the Communist State's founder Kim Il-Sung, which falls on April 15. The United States, Japan and South Korea consider the launch as being in contravention of international obligations under U.N. Resolution 1718 and 1874, barring North Korea from carrying out ballistic missile test launches.

Lukashevich said the issue of Iran and North Korea's nuclear programs "will be seriously discussed" at a G8 Foreign Ministers' meeting in Washington on April 11-12. Russia "considers the situation surrounding the Iranian nuclear program as alarming but not hopeless," Russia's RIA Novosti news agency quoted him as saying.

"We naturally insist on Iran's full compliance with the U.N. Security Council, aimed at ruling out any possibility of Tehran's program being used for military activity," he said.

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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