UN chief urges N Korea to reconsider rocket launch

North Korea says it will launch an observation satellite on a long-range rocket next month.

Last Updated: Mar 24, 2012, 15:34 PM IST

Seoul: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging North Korea to reconsider its plan to launch a long-range rocket.

Ban`s office said in a statement that he made the comments on Saturday during a meeting with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak. Ban arrived in Seoul earlier in the day to attend next week`s Nuclear Security Summit.

North Korea says it will launch an observation satellite on a long-range rocket next month. The United States and South Korea fear Pyongyang wants to test long-range missiles that could eventually deliver nuclear warheads.
Ban warned earlier this week that the North`s launch plan threatens regional peace.

Bureau Report