“The path to security for North Korea lies in investing in its people and abiding by its commitments and international obligations.”
“A North Korean [so-called] ‘satellite’ launch would be a highly provocative act that threatens peace and security in the region,” U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Victoria Nuland said in a press statement issued in Washington in response to a recent announcement by North Korean Central News Agency that a Democratic People’s Republic of Korea launch is scheduled between December 10 and December 22, 2012.
On April 16, the United Nations Security Council issued a unanimously adopted Presidential Statement, which strongly condemned North Korea's failed launch on April 13, 2012. The United Nations Security Council Presidential Statement expressed determination to take action accordingly in the event of a further launch using ballistic missile technology.
Spokesperson Nuland said that “any North Korean launch using ballistic missile technology is in direct violation of [United Nations]’ Security Council Resolutions 1718 and 1874.”
“We call on North Korea to comply fully with its obligations under all relevant [United Nations’ Security Council Resolutions],” she said.
The United States is consulting closely with its Six-Party partners including the Republic of Korea, Japan, China, Russia, and other key allies on the next steps concerning North Korea’s impending launch.
“Devoting scarce resources to the development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles will only further isolate and impoverish North Korea,” Spokesperson Nuland said. “The path to security for North Korea lies in investing in its people and abiding by its commitments and international obligations.”