US Pacific commander: NKorean rocket 'provocative'

AP News
Posted: Apr 11, 2012 1:24 AM
US Pacific commander: NKorean rocket 'provocative'

The top U.S. military commander in the Pacific has called North Korea's plans to launch a rocket a "highly provocative" move that would threaten regional security and could affect future security plans.

Adm. Samuel Locklear says the launch would be a direct violation of Pyongyang's international obligations and U.N. Security Council resolutions.

He told reporters in Japan on Wednesday: "The event poses a threat to regional security that has to be considered as we move forward with the security of the (U.S.-Japan) alliance and the security of our relationships here in Asia."

North Korea says it is putting a satellite into orbit, but Locklear says the real objective appears to be a ballistic missile test.

The launch is expected between Thursday and Monday.