New York, Dec 5 (IBNS) United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is "seriously concerned" about the announcement of a planned rocket launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and "strongly urges" it to reconsider its decision, according to his spokesperson.
"Any such launch would constitute a clear violation of Security Council resolution 1874, in which the Council demanded that the DPRK not conduct any launch using ballistic missile technology," the spokesperson said in a note to correspondents. "Such a launch would also heighten tension in the region."
According to media reports, the DPRK´s state news agency on Saturday announced the decision to launch another space satellite, sometime between 10 December and 22 December. A similar attempt in April was unsuccessful.
"The Secretary-General strongly urges the DPRK to reconsider its decision and to suspend all activities related to its ballistic missile programme," Mr. Ban´s spokesperson said. "He further calls upon the DPRK to re-establish its moratorium on missile launches, as required by the Security Council."