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Voice of Russia Snubs Reaction of U.S., Japan and S. Korea to DPRK's Projected Satellite Launch
Pyongyang, April 6 (KCNA) -- Voice of Russia issued an article disclosing the desperate efforts of the U.S., Japan and south Korea to realize their sordid ambitions by taking the advantage of the DPRK's projected launch of a satellite for peaceful purposes.

The U.S. was the first to promptly react to the DPRK's plan for satellite launch, the article said, and went on:

Clear is that the U.S. spy satellites failed to capture DPRK's preparations for the satellite launch.

So, Washington was shocked late last year when it heard the news that the DPRK is to launch a satellite shortly.

The U.S. came back to its senses a few months later and strongly urged the DPRK to cancel the launch, describing it as a ballistic missile launch.

This, however, is nothing but an attempt to save its face and wrest the initiative.

The DPRK's plan for satellite launch will benefit the Obama administration because it will help Obama show Americans once again his determination to fight "evil" before the presidential election.

The U.S. Department of Defense will also benefit from it. The story about "threat" from the DPRK would make U.S. Congress provide the U.S. forces with funds needed for their expansion in the Asia-Pacific region despite serious shortage of budget.

The U.S. found fault with Russia and China to conceal its belligerence. If Japan's media reports are correct, the U.S. groundlessly urged the DPRK to entrust the launch of its satellite to Russia or China. But the DPRK turned down the U.S. request.

It seems that Japan favors the DPRK's planned satellite launch. Japan can have a pretext for mobilizing Aegis warships and deploying "Patriot" interceptor missiles ready for action under the pretext of "intercepting" the DPRK missile.

A destroyer of Japan already left for the East Sea of China.

Alexei Arbatov, analyst of the Institute of the World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said that Japan tries to "intercept" the DPRK missile but it is not its original intention.

"To intercept such a rocket which is neither a military missile nor a missile targeted against the U.S. and Japan and whose mission is to put satellite into orbit would mean a direct act of war. In other words, this is an act of war that can trigger more serious crisis and armed conflict on the Korean Peninsula," he added.

The south Korean military bases were put on an emergency alert, to say nothing of the U.S. military bases there.

They are frightening the people, saying that the missile debris may fall on their heads. But such hysteria will never help the authorities win public favor.

And the DPRK remains unchanged in its stand to launch the satellite.

The Conference of the Workers' Party of Korea is to take place in Pyongyang on April 11 amid worldwide attention following the announcement of its plan for satellite launch.

The conference would put up "Kwangmyongsong" (meaning lodestar) just as carrier rocket does.

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