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U.S. Warns North Korea Over Planned Rocket Launch

• http://slatest.slate.com, By Ankita Rao
 

UPDATE: U.S. officials on Friday warned North Korea that they would cancel plans to send food aid to the reclusive nation if it pushes forwards with its planned satellite launch next month.

A State Department spokeswoman said that there were "grave concerns" about the planned satellite launch—which would rely on rocket to reach orbit, and looks suspiciously like a long-range missile test—and that the U.S. would cancel plans to send 240,000 tons of food aid to North Korea if it goes through with the launch, according to the Associated Press.

Friday, March 16: North Korea on Friday announced plans to use a long-range rocket to launch a satellite into orbit next month, a move that could complicate its recent pact with the U.S.

BBC explains that the announcement comes just two weeks after the U.S. agreed to send 240,000 tons of food aid to North Korea in exchange for freezing their weapons program. But the technology used to shoot the satellite into space is the same as what would be used in a long-range missile test.

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