The electronic eyes of US spy
satellites are trained on a launch pad in North Korea, as the
communist regime defies United Nations resolutions by positioning a
Taepodong-2 missle on a launch pad on the nation's east coast.
Reuters reports three of the six nations engaged in long-term
talks on North Korea will meet in Washington, DC on Friday. The US
will be represented by Sung Kim, its new negotiator on the panel.
Japan's Akitaka Saiki will be there, as will Wi Sung-Lak of South
US State Department spokesman Gordon Duguid offered no agenda
details, but commented, "A launch of any type of vehicle we would
consider to be in violation of the UN Security Council resolutions.
This provocative type of action would ... not go unnoticed."
North Korea said Thursday if the international community imposes
sanctions, it will restart a nuclear plant which makes weapons
grade plutonium. An inability to verify that plant was ever shut
down has much to do with the current tense atmosphere.
China and Russia have chosen not to send envoys to today's
meeting in Washington, but are urging caution. China encourages all
parties to, "remain restrained and calm."