North Korea plans to launch a satellite rocket between May 27 and June 4, Japan’s coast guard says

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View of what appears to be an inspection test of a new surface-to-sea missile, at an undisclosed location in North Korea, in this photo released by the Korean Central News Agency on February 15, 2024.

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North Korea has informed Japan of its plan to launch a rocket carrying a space satellite toward the Yellow Sea and east of Luzon island between May 27 and June 4, the Japan Coast Guard said.

The news comes ahead of a trilateral summit between Japan, South Korea and China, set to take place later on Monday.

Officials from the United States, Japan and South Korea held telephone conversations following the announcement and shared the view that North Korea’s satellite launch using ballistic missile technology would violate U.N. resolutions, Japan’s Foreign Ministry said .

The officials agreed to demand that North Korea cancel the planned launch, the ministry said in an emailed news release.

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