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Seoul summit overshadowed by North Korea rocket launch


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Seoul summit overshadowed by North Korea rocket launch

A summit of nuclear armed states summit in Seoul aimed at keeping the world’s safe from a nuclear attack by terrorists has been overshadowed by a planned rocket launch in North Korea. The US President vowed to push for more nuclear weapons cuts with Russia, and urged China to the do same.

The White House says Barack Obama and Chinese president Hu Jin Tao agreed to coordinate a response if North Korea went ahead with any launch, which Washington says would be in breach of Pyongyang’s international commitments to suspend nuclear activity.

North Korean state TV announced the launch would be in mid-April, adding that it was to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Kim Il Sung, the country’s founding father.

The North Korean leadership says the rocket will carry a satellite and denies it’s a missile test.

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