Country expresses its concern for N. Korean rocket launch

The country is expressing its concern over North Korea’s plan to launch a long-range rocket this week.

The Costa Rican foreign ministry issued a statement Monday saying that launching a rocket or missile is a challenge for international peace and security.

The rocket is expected to travel southeast toward Australia. Officials in Washington are concerned because North Korea may be developing a long-range rocket with the capability of reaching the U.S. mainland with a nuclear payload. North Korea says the rocket is just an effort to launch a satellite.

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