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North Korea accused of influencing South Korea’s national elections with rocket launch

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North Korea’s upcoming rocket launch  is seen by South Korean authorities as an attempt to influence their national elections that will be held on December 19.

According to South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, North Korea has “continuously tried to intervene” in their elections but the rocket launch, which will be staged “sometime from Dec. 10 to 22″, won’t have a big impact, he believes.  North Korea said the launch is to commemorate late leader Kim Jong Il who died a year ago.

Fox News reports:

Both candidates in South Korea’s election, Park Geun-hye of the ruling New Frontier Party and Moon Jae-in of the Democratic United Party, joined their government and many around the world in urging North Korea to drop the plan.

North Korea’s state media has for months been criticizing South Korea’s conservative ruling party, in an apparent effort to boost liberal politicians who favor a more open-minded approach to Pyongyang, including financial outreach and diplomatic engagement.

In April, North Korea’s failed rocket launch violated the restrictions imposed by the U.N. Security Council. North Korea’s rocket launch is believed to part of a nuclear and missile program. National authorities said the launch is part of a peaceful space program. Scientists said they analyzed the mistakes made in April and are confident this time the launch will be succesful.

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