Security officials unfazed by N Korea rocket plans

Staff writer, with CNA

Tue, Dec 04, 2012 - Page 1

North Korea’s planned rocket launch will pose no threat to Taiwan, a senior National Security Bureau (NSB) official said yesterday.

In response to questions from Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lai Shyh-bao (賴士葆), National Security Bureau Deputy Director-General Chang Kuang-yuan (張光遠) said the rocket’s planned trajectory avoided Taiwan.

Asked whether North Korea will launch a satellite or a missile, Minister of National Defense Kao Hua-chu (高華柱) said that intelligence on the North’s failed rocket launch in April suggested that it was a satellite rather than a guided missile.

On Sunday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement urging North Korea to pay heed to the international community’s concern over its launch plan.

Pyongyang should help maintain peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in the East Asia region, in line with regulations under UN Security Council Resolution 1874, the statement said.