- North Korea to test new rocket on April 15 [the 8th day of Pesach]
- Likely to have bigger payload, power
- US warns "aimed toward Australia"
A senior United States official says a long-range missile which North Korea plans to test next month will for the first time be aimed towards South-East Asia and Australia.
See: North Korea to aim missile test at Australia
SEOUL: North Korea will face a "strong response" if it launches a long-range rocket next month despite international calls to desist, a special adviser to US President Barack Obama said on Friday.
"If they go ahead anyway, we will want to work with our allies and partners for a strong response," Gary Samore, arms control coordinator at the National Security Council, told South Korea's Yonhap news agency in an interview.
The North's planned launch sometime between April 12 and 16 will be a key topic on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit in Seoul next week.
See: US warns of 'strong response' if North Korea launches rocket