WASHINGTON, March 30 (Xinhua) -- Officials of the
United States, South Korea and Japan have agreed to "maintain close
coordination" to deal with the situation when the Democratic People's Republic
of Korea (DPRK) has missile test.
U.S. special representative on the DPRK Stephen
Bosworth and Sung Kim, director of the office of Korean affairs at the State
Department, held separate meetings on Friday with their counterparts Wi Sung-lac
of South Korea and Akitaka Saiki of Japan, State Department deputy spokesman
Gordon Duguid said.
"The discussions were constructive and substantive.
The parties discussed how to maintain close coordination in the event of needing
to respond to a North Korean missile test and how to improve the six-party
process to move forward.
"Ambassador Kim also hosted an informal trilateral
meeting with his two counterparts that day," Duguid said told a news briefing.
No further details on the talks were available.
The DPRK has informed the international community of
its plan to launch a satellite between April 4 and 8, and some Western countries
continue to suspect the operation is a cover for the test-firing of a long-range
DPRK blasts S. Korea's intention to participate in PSI
PYONGYANG, March 30 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) blasted the intention of the South Korea to participate in the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) on Monday, warning "resolute countermeasure" against it.
"We solemnly declare that should the Lee group participate in the 'PSI,' oblivious of this reality, the DPRK will consider this as a declaration of a war and promptly take a resolute countermeasure against it," the official KCNA news cited a spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea as saying. Full story
Defense chief: U.S. not to shoot down
missile launched by DPRK
WASHINGTON, March 29 (Xinhua) -- The United States would not shoot down a
missile that Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) was expected to launch
soon, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in an interview to be aired on Sunday.
Gates told "Fox News Sunday" that the launch was likely to
happen soon but the U.S. military was not prepared to "do anything about it." Full story
DPRK says attempt to take satellite
issue before UN contemptible
PYONGYANG, March 29 (Xinhua) -- The attempt of the United
States, Japan, and South Korea to bring the planned satellite launch of the
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) before the United Nations was a
"contemptible conspiracy" and "ridiculous farce," said a commentary carried by
the official Rodong Sinmun daily on Sunday.
Launching a satellite for peaceful purpose was the DPRK's
legitimate right, said the commentary, adding that the launch will contribute to
the prosperity of the country as well as the progress of human beings. Full story
Japan's ASDF starts moving missile
Japanese Self-Defence Force's Patriot
Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile unit is deployed at the Defence
Ministry in Tokyo March 29, 2009.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
TOKYO, March 29 (Xinhua) -- Japan's Air Self-Defense Force
(ASDF) on Sunday start moving Patriot guided-missile units from central Japan to
locations in northeastern areas to brace for the planned rocket launch by the
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kyodo News reported. Full story
S Korea sends nuclear envoy to
Washington on DPRK rocket launch
SEOUL, March 27 (Xinhua) -- South Korea's chief nuclear
envoy left for Washington Friday to discuss with his counterparts of the United
States and Japan on the DPRK's impending rocket launch, South Korea's Yonhap
News Agency reported. Full story