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NKorea places long-range missile on launch pad

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Jim Mannion
AFP
Thursday, March 26, 2009

North Korea has placed a long-range missile on a launch pad, a US official has said, as Washington warned it would take the matter to the United Nations if Pyongyang goes ahead with the planned launch.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said a launch for any purpose would be a violation of a UN Security Council resolution.

“We intend to raise this violation of the UN Security Council resolution, if it goes forward, in the UN,” Clinton said during a visit to Mexico City.

“This provocative action in violation of the United Nations mandate will not go unnoticed and there will be consequences,” she said.

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A US counter-proliferation official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP that Japanese press reports that a long-range missile has been placed on a launch pad “are accurate.”

The official said the missile was believed to be a Taepodong-2, a long-range missile that could, in theory, reach Alaska.

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