The U.S. State Department said on Monday that Washington hoped that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will drop its plan to launch a satellite in April, Xinhua news agency reported.
"Obviously, we were heartened that every single one of the six- party talks participants made clear that they think that this would be an extremely bad idea and a violation of UN Security Council resolutions, so we are hoping and expecting that the DPRK (North Korea) will take that to heart," said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland at a briefing.
The DPRK announced on Friday that it will launch in April an "earth observation" satellite, or the Kwangmyongsong-3, using a long-range rocket to mark the 100th birthday of its late leader Kim Il-Sung.
The announcement came 17 days after the DPRK agreed to impose a moratorium on nuclear tests and long-r
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