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G8 powers want Korean stability - US

2012-04-11 22:07

Washington - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday that the Group of Eight (G8) powers all sought stability on the Korean peninsula, amid fears of an imminent rocket launch by Pyongyang.

"I think we all share a strong interest in stability on the Korean peninsula and we will be discussing how best to achieve that," Clinton said at the start of two days of talks among the club of major industrialised states.

North Korea has announced it is preparing the launch of a "satellite" amid national celebrations, but the United States and its allies widely believe that the move is a disguised missile test.

"North Korea is readying a long-range ballistic missile launch over the East China Sea. It comes just weeks after North Korea agreed to a moratorium on missile testing," Clinton said.

"It violates multiple UN Security Council resolutions," Clinton said at the talks, held over lunch at the Blair House across from the White House.

The Group of Eight includes the United States, Russia and Japan, which comprise half of the nations in moribund talks on ending North Korea's nuclear programme.

North Korea announced the launch plan as it marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the regime's founder Kim Il-Sung, despite agreeing on February 29 to freeze its nuclear and missile programs in a deal with the United States.

As part of the package, the United States was to deliver badly needed food aid to the impoverished state, a plan that Washington has since suspended.