“North Korea (DPRK)’s announcement of long-range missile launch plan, after conducing nuclear test, is an act to threaten peace of the Korean peninsula and the world that will never be tolerated,” Park said in a statement read by Kim Sung-Woo, senior presidential press secretary.
Park’s statement came as Pyongyang informed international organizations Tuesday of its plan to put what it called a Kwangmyongsong earth observation satellite into orbit between Feb. 8 and 25.
The rocket launch declaration was made about a month after the DPRK’s claim on Jan. 6 that it had tested its first H-bomb, the fourth in total of its nuclear detonations.
The DPRK blasted off the three-stage Unha-3 rocket to deliver the Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite into orbit in Dec. 2012, two months before staging its third nuclear test. It was the first successful launch of a satellite into orbit by the DPRK.
Park said that the DPRK’s repeated acts of conducting provocations and raising tensions aimed to threaten South Korean people and maximize their fears, stressing the need for cooperation with the international community.
The DPRK’s announcement of rocket launch plan, despite the ongoing discussions on new UN sanctions, reflected a fact that Pyongyang is never scared of UN restrictions at all, Park said.
The president noted that the only way to stop the DPRK’s misjudgment is to tighten UN sanctions and make the DPRK recognize that it cannot survive unless the country gives up its nuclear program.