Obama issues warning as North Korea readies rocket
I'm SURE that North Korea has seen this response, and has decided to immediately de-fuel their bird and pull it off the pad.Obama issues warning as North Korea readies rocket
WASHINGTON (AP) - As North Korea fueled a multistage rocket Thursday for its threatened satellite launch, President Barack Obama promised a "stern" response and Japan vowed to press for an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council.
State Department spokesman Robert Wood would not address the U.S. intelligence reports. But he repeated earlier warnings for the North Koreans not to take any "provocative" actions.
Japan's ambassador to the U.N. said his nation will request an emergency session of the Security Council if North Korea proceeds with the launch. Yukio Takasu said he raised the possibility during closed-door council talks Thursday.
Takasu and other council diplomats say they anticipate a possible emergency session as early as this weekend.
Some U.S. lawmakers are urging Obama to shoot down the rocket if it endangers the United States or its allies. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said during a weekend TV interview that the U.S. had no plans to intercept the rocket—though it might consider the move if an "aberrant missile" were headed to Hawaii "or something like that."