MOSCOW, March 27 (RIA Novosti) - A deputy Russian
foreign minister joined international criticism of North
Korea's planned launch of a rocket with a satellite, urging the
country on Friday not to raise tensions in the region.
North Korea announced plans last month to launch what it
says is a communications satellite. However, the U.S., Japan
and South Korea believe that the secretive state is planning to
test a long-range missile.
"We understand that the situation in northeast Asia is
currently very tense. It would therefore be better if our North
Korean partners were to refrain from the launch," Alexei
Borodavkin told reporters.