N Korea raises fears of missile test

Published on 25 February 2009

North Korea yesterday said it was preparing to fire a satellite into space, heightening regional fears that a provocative long-range missile test could be imminent. [...] Both the US and South Korea insist any rocket firing by Pyongyang would contravene United Nations Security Council resolution 1718, which was adopted to contain North Korean ballistics following the 2006 atomic test. [...] Impoverished North Korea is under stringent international sanctions and depends on food aid for survival. Imposing further sanctions would exacerbate malnourishment in a country where famine killed about 1m people in the 1990s.

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