(BEIJING) — NATO is calling on North Korea to cancel plans for a second rocket launch before the year is out.
North Korea’s state run news agency announced plans to launch another space satellite on Saturday despite U.N. resolutions forbidding it.
North Korea invited the international press into the closed country last April to witness the first rocket launch under its new leader, Kim Jong Un. However, that attempt failed.
Both China and Russia are urging North Korea not to take action that could destabilize the region.
The U.S. State Department has also said that a rocket launch “would be a highly provocative act that threatens peace and security in the region.”
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Sugam Pokharel and Tim Hume, CNN
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