Envoys to discuss failed North Korea rocket launch

North Korea launched a rocket on April 13 which disintegrated minutes after blast-off. [ABC]

North Korea launched a rocket on April 13 which disintegrated minutes after blast-off. [ABC]

Last Updated: Thu, 17 May 2012 17:00:00 +1000

South Korea, the United States and Japan will hold high-level talks in Seoul next week about the failed long-range rocket launch by the North in April.

Lim Sung-Nam, South Korea's chief nuclear envoy, his Japanese counterpart Shinsuke Sugiyama and the US special envoy Glyn Davies will meet on Monday.

The envoys are expected to assess the situation and discuss the possibility of additional provocations from North Korea.

China pressure

Australia's Foreign Minister Bob Carr has praised China for putting pressure on North Korea not to go ahead with another nuclear test.

Senator Carr has warned that a third North Korean nuclear test would destabilise north Asia.

While in Beijing this week Senator Carr says his sources there told him that China has exerted strong pressure on the regime in Pyongyang to abandon any plans of another nuclear test.

The minister is expected to discuss North Korea with his Japanese counterpart.

Speculation is growing that North Korea will stage another nuclear test after the failure of the launch on April 13th, but it says its aim is only to put a peaceful satellite into orbit.

The Security Council strongly condemned the launch as breaching a ban on the testing of ballistic missile technology.

When the United Nations censured previous rocket launches in 2006 and 2009, Pyongyang responded with nuclear tests.

Satellite photos show work being conducted at its test site but give no indication of whether or when a test will be staged.


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