Monday, June 19, 2006

Rice Warns N. Korea Not to Test Missile

By Glenn Kessler
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, June 19, 2006; 4:56 PM

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned today it would be "a very serious matter and indeed a provocative act" if North Korea launched a long-range ballistic missile.

Rice's remarks, made at a news conference this afternoon with the Spanish foreign minister, are the latest in a series of warnings to the reclusive Pyongyang government not to end a moratorium on missile testing it agreed to in 1999.

Because of cloud cover and high altitude wind patterns, officials believe the earliest day for a potential missile launch would be Tuesday evening in Washington. North Korea is 14 hours ahead of Washington, and officials expect the North Koreans would launch a missile during daylight hours.

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