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North Korea rocket launch 'very unwise': president

ROC Central News Agency

2012/12/12 14:44:25

Taipei, Dec. 12 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou has said it is unwise for North Korea to create tensions in East Asia by launching rockets, his spokesman said Wednesday.

North Korea has launched two rockets this year, including one fired earlier in the day, Fang Chiang Tai-chi said.

'Ma thinks it is very unwise conduct and feels very unhappy,' he said.

Citing Ma, he said that no matter what measures Japan, South Korea and the United States decide to take in response to the most recent launch, they will have the Republic of China's support.

He made the remarks in the wake of a North Korean long-range rocket launch earlier in the day. The Ministry of National Defense later confirmed that the first and second stages of the rocket crashed into waters off South Korea and the Philippines, respectively.

The debris did not affect Taiwan, the ministry said.

North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency reported that the Unha-3 rocket blasted off from the Sohae Space Center in Cholsan County, North Pyongan Province, carrying a second-generation Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite.

'The satellite entered its preset orbit,' it said. It was North Korea's second launch of a long-range rocket this year and came at a sensitive time, just one week before South Korea holds a presidential election.

The launch has drawn widespread criticism from the international community, with some countries describing it as a disguised ballistic missile test, reports said.

(By Kelven Huang and Elizabeth Hsu)

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