The launch would violate the conditions of a recently negotiated deal in which the U.S. planned to give North Korea food aid in exchange for Pyongyang halting long-range missile tests, among other conditions. That deal has been suspended.
“We, along with our partners in the region, are monitoring developments very closely,” he said.
Earlier Tuesday via telephone, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Japanese Defense Minister Naoki Tanaka discussed the planned North Korean missile launch.
Mr. Panetta and Mr. Tanaka reiterated their view that such a launch would violate U.N. Security Council Resolutions 1718 and 1874, which bar North Korea from conducting long-range missile tests, Mr. Little said.
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Kristina Wong is a national security reporter for The Washington Times, covering defense, foreign policy and intelligence affairs. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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