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South Korea: North Korea Launch Would Be Grace Provocation

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U.S. soldiers from 145th Field Artillery Battalion deployed from the United States and South Korean soldiers participate in the Foal Eagle training exercise at firing point 180 at the Rodriguez Live Fire Range on March 15, 2012 in Pocheon, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images) | Getty Images

SEOUL, March 16 (Reuters) - South Korea said on Friday the launch of a satellite by North Korea in April would be a violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution adopted after Pyongyang's 2009 missile test and a threat to regional security.

"If North Korea does launch a 'working satellite' as it announced, it would be a a clear violation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1874 that bans all launches using ballistic missile technology," the South's foreign ministry said.

"It would be a grave provocation threatening the peace and security of the Korean peninsula and Northeast Asia," the ministry said in a statement. (Reporting by Jack Kim)