The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Security in Asia Pacific Peter Lavoy explained that there is a possibility that the wreckage fall on the main islands of Japan or Okinawa Prefecture.
“It could cause injuries,” said Lavoy before the Committee on Armed Services of the House of Representatives of the United States, was quoted by news agency kiodo.
However, Lavoy pointed out that the release could also affect other countries as South Korea, “of course”, the Philippines and Indonesia, although in the latter two cases is difficult to detail the impact site because of its archipelagic status.
North Korea plans to launch between 12 and 16 April ‘Kwangmyongsong-3’ (‘Bright Star’), a satellite designed to collect meteorological data to drive the development of economic sectors such as agriculture to mark the centenary of the birth of country’s founder, Kim Il Sung.
Despite the explanations of Pyongyang, the U.S. and South Korea suspect the launch conceals some new practices with long-range missiles, as noted also Japan, would amount to a violation of UN resolutions.
The White House has warned that too would be a violation of the agreement reached last February between the two countries, which Pyongyang has agreed to suspend its uranium enrichment programs and long-range missiles and to allow access of Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to the complex at Yongbyon in exchange for Washington to send 240,000 tons of humanitarian aid.