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Obama Warns N. Korea not to Launch Rocket, Visits ‘Freedom's Frontier’

U.S. President Barack Obama warned North Korea Sunday that its "bad behavior" would be thwarted and the country would only deepen its isolation if it carried out a planned rocket launch.

"North Korea will achieve nothing by threats or by provocations," Obama said in a joint news conference with South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak on the eve of a nuclear security summit in Seoul.

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U.S. Warns N.Korea Rocket Aimed South

A senior U.S. official has warned North Korea's upcoming rocket launch would be aimed south for the first time and impact in an area "roughly between Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines".

Kurt Campbell, the assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, delivered the message in person to Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr, the Sydney Morning Herald reported Saturday.

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Japan Prepares Defenses against Suspicious N. Korean Rocket Launch

Japan on Friday readied its missile defense systems to shoot down a North Korean rocket if it threatens the country, as the U.N. chief warned that next month's launch could jeopardize food aid.

The nuclear-armed North has announced it will launch a rocket in mid-April to put a satellite into orbit, a move that the United States, South Korea and other nations see as a pretext for a long-range missile test banned by the U.N.

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IAEA Says in Talks with N. Korea over Inspectors' Visit

The U.N. atomic agency IAEA has begun consultations with North Korea over a possible visit to the country by its inspectors to monitor its nuclear activities, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

"I can confirm that the IAEA has started consultations with the DPRK (North Korea) about its invitation," Gill Tudor, spokeswoman for the International Atomic Energy Agency, told Agencce France Presse by phone.

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U.S. Military Jet Crashes in South Korea, Pilot Safe

A U.S. military F-16 jet crashed in southern South Korea Wednesday during a training mission but its pilot ejected to safety, US authorities said.

The plane crashed into a rice paddy around noon (0300 GMT) near a U.S. air base in the western port city of Gunsan, the U.S. military said in a statement.

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North Korea Invites IAEA, Says U.S. Deal Still in Force

North Korea has invited U.N. inspectors to monitor a nuclear freeze deal with the United States, insisting the pact remains in force despite its shock announcement of a planned satellite launch.

Next month's scheduled launch, which would defy a United Nations ban, has sparked widespread complaints that the communist state is testing long-range missile technology which could one day deliver a nuclear warhead.

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N. Korea Invites Observers to Satellite Launch

North Korea said Saturday it would invite foreign experts and journalists to observe a satellite launch which the United States and other countries see as a disguised missile test.

The Korean Committee for Space Technology "will invite experienced foreign experts on space science and technology and journalists" to visit the launch site and other places to observe the blast-off next month, the official news agency said.

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North Korea Says it Will Launch Long-Range Rocket

North Korea announced Friday it would launch a rocket carrying a satellite next month, just 16 days after agreeing to suspend long-range missile tests in return for massive U.S. food aid.

The United States, Japan, and South Korea condemned the plan and said it would breach a United Nations ban imposed after previous launches.

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Scuffle at U.N. Council as N. Korea Rejects 'Fabricated' Report

A scuffle broke out Monday in the U.N. Human Rights Council and a man was detained by security after a North Korean diplomat said a critical report by an independent expert had been fabricated.

North Korea said it "roundly rejects this useless interpretation" which it said was "fabricated by hostile elements" and it called on the council not to renew the mandate of the special rapporteur on human rights Marzuki Darusman.

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S. Korea Holds Firing Drill near Tense Border

South Korean troops mounted a live-fire exercise near the tense border with the North on Thursday amid high tensions and in the face of Pyongyang threatening retaliatory strikes.

The one-hour exercise in Pocheon, the first of its kind this year near the land border, was a regular drill involving about 170 tanks, self-propelled howitzers, helicopters and four warplanes, a Defense Ministry spokesman told Agence France Presse.

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