N Korea missile launcher on the move
North Korea's mobile missile launcher, carrying a ballistic missile, has been seen moving near the east coast and activity has also been seen at a long-range rocket launch pad on the west coast, Japanese public broadcaster NHK said yesterday.
Pyongyang has announced it will launch a satellite-bearing rocket sometime between February 8-25, which is around the time of the birthday on February 16 of late leader Kim Jong-Il, father of current leader Kim Jong-Un, reports AFP.
UN sanctions prohibit North Korea from any use of ballistic missile technology, and such a launch would amount to another major violation of UN Security Council resolutions following its fourth nuclear test last month.
Russia strongly called on North Korea yesterday to refrain from a planned rocket launch this month, saying such actions could further escalate tension in Northeast Asia, Russia's Foreign Ministry said.