Washington: The US has warned North Korea
against going ahead with its long-range rocket launch and
asked the international community to take appropriate actions
to prevent Pyongyang from such a provocative act.
"Let me make absolutely clear that any launch by
North Korea would be a serious, clear violation of their
obligations under already existing UN Security Council
resolutions 1718 and 1874," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
"Should North Korea go ahead and launch it, that
would obviously be a violation of the UN Security Council
resolutions," Clinton said at ajoint press availability with
Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba.
"Vis-a-vis repeated violations of the Security
Council resolutions, Japan and the United States should
cooperate with each other closely. The international
community, including the Security Council, should take
appropriate actions, and that is something that we also agreed
upon," she said.
"We are consulting closely in capitals and at the
United Nations in New York, and we will be pursuing
appropriate action. But I would just underscore that if North
Korea wants a peaceful, better future for their people, it
should not conduct another launch that would be a direct
threat to regional security," she added.
"And we believe that strength and security will not come
from more provocations but from North Korea living up to its
commitments and obligations."
Clinton said she and the Japanese counterpart covered a
number of regional and global issues, but spent most of their
time on North Korea`s planned missile launch.
"Our two governments will continue to closely coordinate,
consult, and cooperate as this situation develops. We share a
strong interest in stability on the Korean peninsula, and we
believe that strength and security will not come from more
provocations but from North Korea living up to its commitments
and obligations," she said.
The Japanese Foreign Minister said, "With respect to
North Korea, launch of a missile that is - that they allege to
be a satellite will harm a path toward resumed dialogues the
United States made."
"There should be close cooperation between Japan and
the United States; Japan, the US, and ROK, and further with
the other concerned countries, including China and Russia.
Efforts need to be made until the last moment so that North
Korea are restrained from the launch. This is something that
the two people agreed on," he said.
Gemba said in the upcoming G-8 meeting that is to be
held from Wednesday, it is necessary for us to issue a very