According to asia pacific news & the BBC South Korea has expressed deep concern at reports North Korea may be preparing to test-fire a long-range
missile. North Korea's neighbours are clearly worried by its missile programme and see them as a threat to regional stability.
South Korea has expressed deep concern at reports North Korea may be preparing to test-fire a long-range missile.
Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon urged Pyongyang not to do anything that would aggravate tensions in the region.
South Korean media have suggested the North may be preparing for a test, citing US satellite photos of increased activity at a missile site.
North Korea's neighbours are worried by its missile programme and see the state as a threat to regional stability.
North Korea has conducted a number of short- and medium-range missile tests in the past. In 1998 it flew a missile over northern Japan, but since then
it has honoured a moratorium on long range missile tests.
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It appears that apprehension is growing over North Korea's intentions amid already stalled diplomatic processes. some believe that North Korea is
just trying kick-start the diplomatic talks which have been in a deadlock.
Pyongyang is currently trying to develop a long-range missile, the Taepodong-2, with a range of up to 6,000 km. coupled with a nuclear warhead some
believe this missle could pose a threat to the U.S. mainland.
The Bush administration, which insists the Communist state cannot be trusted with any nuclear capabilities. has stated that any nuclear programme is
North Korea continues to deny American allegations that it is running a second, secret uranium enrichment programme in addition to its well known
plutonium plant at Yongbyon.
Analysts believe the military is set on pushing ahead with its missile and nuclear programmes despite an agreement that was signed in the presence of
all the regional powers as well as the US.
North Korea has made many previous commitments to abandon its nuclear ambitions and there is a clear understanding in the region that the real work of
defusing the North Korean nuclear threat is only just beginning.