Report by JENIFERLAMUG
April 8, 2012- The Foreign Ministers of China, Japan and South Korea were on a meeting today in Ningbo, China for a trilateral cooperation against North Korea’s rocket launch plan. Bloomberg News cited a statement from the South Korean foreign ministry website saying “the plan must be canceled “immediately” as it threatens peace and security in the region. This was yesterday’s discussion between South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung Hwan and his Japanese counterpart Koichiro Gemba.
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi also called on other related parties to continue seeking for a peaceful solution on the matter. China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency reported that the minister chose to continue diplomatic efforts in order to stop North Korea from such plan. Since the communist nation had announced its plan to launch a rocket this month, with an aim to put a satellite into orbit to study crops and natural science, had raised tension between the concerned countries.
Said launch attempt will be on April 12-16, which will mark the 100th birthday of the nation's late founding leader Kim Il-Sung. The Pentagon also condemned it as North Koreans will be violating UN Security Council resolutions if they move ahead with such a launch. “We understand the impact it could have on regional stability,” George Little, acting assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, said.
Japan’s Minister had ordered missile units to intercept the rocket if it threatens to hit Japan. Seoul has also warned to shoot down the rocket if it heads its territory. In return, a spokesman at the country’s Committee for Peaceful Reunification of Korea told press that North Korea would execute a “merciless” strike on anyone who seeks to intercept its satellite or collect any debris from the launch.