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Mar 16, 2012 5:45 AM by Kirsten Bennett

US: NKorea's rocket launch plan highly provocative

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - The U.S. State Department says North Korea's planned rocket launch is "highly provocative" and would directly violate the North's international obligations.

North Korea in a surprise announcement Friday said it plans to launch a satellite into space on the back of a long-range rocket in April.

Going ahead with the launch could jeopardize a weeks-old agreement with the U.S. that exchanges food aid for nuclear concessions.

A United Nations resolution bars North Korea from launches using ballistic missile technology.

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