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Tuesday, 04 December 2012 - 17:34
UN chief 'concerned' over North Korea launch plans
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UN chief Ban Ki-moon is "seriously concerned" about North Korea's planned rocket launch, warning that it could heighten tensions in the region.

Pyongyang announced on Saturday that it intends to launch a long-range rocket between December 10th and 22nd, a move condemned by the United States, South Korea and Japan.

Ban said the move would violate UN Security Council resolutions forbidding North Korea from conducting any launches using ballistic missile technology.

South Korea's top nuclear envoy Lim Sung-Nam said that Seoul and Washington would "maximize" diplomatic efforts to halt the launch as he headed to the United States today for talks on the matter.

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