Ban Ki-Moon Fears Serious Korea Consequences
    2013-04-05 09:06:25       Web Editor: Wang Wei

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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon is warning against misjudgments over the Korean Peninsular nuclear crisis.

"I'm concerned that if by any misjudgment, by any miscalculations of the situation, if any unwanted crisis happens in the Korean peninsula this will have very serious implications."

Ban's comments follow revelations form South Korea that North Korea has moved an intermediate-range missile to its east coast.

South Korea's defense minister Kim Kwan-jin has told a parliamentary defense committee the missile has the ability to reach a "significant distance."

It's believed the missile has a range of between 3 to 4-thousand kilometers, which could allow it to reach the U.S. military base in Guam. However, the missile doesn't have the ability to reach the US mainland.

Officials say North Korea is very likely to fire it off as a test launch around the middle of April, which is when Pyongyang will celebrate the birthday of Kil Il-sung, the late grandfather of current leader Kim Jung-un.

White House spokesman Jay Carney has described the threats as "regrettable but familiar."

The U.S. Defense Department is deploying a land-based ballistic missile system to Guam as a precaution.

Meantime, Russia says Pyongyang's attempt to "violate decisions of the UN Security Council are categorically unacceptable."


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