Rice Warns N. Korea Against Missile Test
Posted on Jun 19, 2006
The secretary of state said that Pyongyang’s launch of a long-range ballistic missile “would be a very serious matter and indeed a provocative act.”
More info on North Korea’s preparations for a launch—which could buoy Bush’s campaign for a Star Wars missile defense shield.
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice leveled a warning Monday that “it would be a very serious matter and indeed a provocative act” if North Korea tested a long-range ballistic missile.
Rice’s remarks came after Bush administration officials said North Korea has apparently finished loading fuel into a ballistic missile, the latest signs that the reclusive communist state will soon test a weapon that could reach the United States.
Testing would abrogate several North Korean commitments and “it would be taken with utmost seriousness,” Rice said at a news conference.
U.S. intelligence indicates that the long-range missile, believed to be a Taepodong-2, is assembled and fully fueled, said two officials, who requested anonymity because the information comes from sensitive intelligence methods.