Japan’s PM orders ministries to prepare for DPRK’s satellite launch

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda ordered relevant ministries Saturday to be prepared for a satellite launch conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and asked them to secure public safety.

Noda said he will seek cooperation with the United States, South Korea, Russia and China to urge the DPRK to stop the launch, which would be carried out between Dec. 10 and Dec. 22, according to Japan’s Kyodo News Agency.

Japan will also put the issue on a high-level negotiation with the DPRK on Wednesday and Thursday in Beijing, trying to persuade the DPRK to give up the plan.

The DPRK announced the plan on Saturday, saying the earth observation satellite, the second version of Kwangmyongsong-3, will be launched by the Unha-3 carrier rocket from the Sohae Space Center in the country’s North Phyongan Province.

The DPRK attempted a satellite launch in April to mark the 100th birthday of late DPRK founder Kim Il Sung. But the rocket failed to send the satellite into orbit and crashed into sea.

Xinhua