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North Korea appreciates India’s stand

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has appreciated New Delhi’s stand on the recent launch of its “communications satellite.”

Its Ambassador here, Rim Hoe Song, said India’s attitude in this respect was “fair.”

Speaking to journalists after a meeting of the Indo-Korean Friendship Association, he said any discussion on the issue by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) would amount to “sovereign interference.”

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee had said that while India was for total disarmament, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was the appropriate body to judge whether North Korea had fulfilled its treaty obligations

‘Common property’

The Ambassador said any adverse ruling by the UNSC would pose a big challenge to the less developed countries to research outer space. “The UNSC has never discussed the launch of military and spy satellites. Then how can they discuss the launch of a peaceful satellite?

“Typically, the U.S., Japan and the European Union have been very active in this though they have launched over a hundred satellites. That is we have declared that the Korean government’s stand will never change because space is common human property,” he said.

Any discussion on the issue, he cautioned, would amount to a sinister political act against the DPRK.

Mr. Rim met Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs N. Ravi on Wednesday and informed him that the launch of Kwangmyongsong-2 demonstrated the high level of progress achieved by scientists of North Korea.

The Ambassador was talking to journalists through his interpreter and Second Secretary in the DPRK Embassy Kim Hyon Il.

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