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White House warns North Korean Missile Launch Could Cut Off US Food Aid

The White House Tuesday cautioned the North Korean plan to launch a rocket in defiance with the United Nations resolution could have impacts on aid to the country.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said it would be nearly impossible to follow through with the US planned aid in the form of nutritional assistance to the isolated country should they violate sanctions. "The proposed missile launch, if conducted, would represent a clear and serious violation of North Korea's obligations under two United Nations Security Council resolutions that explicitly prohibit North Korea from testing ballistic missiles," Carney said aboard Air Force One.

While North Korea says their rocket is ready for lift off this week, the White House is working with international partners to discourage otherwise. Carney says the United States is working with international partners "to work to persuade North Korea to consider a different path, the path that would lead to progress towards feeding its people, educating its people, and ending its severe, self-imposed isolation."