UN chief urges NKorea to reconsider rocket launch

By the Associated Press | March 24, 2012 | 5:26 AM EDT

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrives at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, west of Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, March 24, 2012, ahead of Monday's Nuclear Security Summit. Nearly 60 heads of state and leaders of global institutions will meet at the summit to discuss nuclear safety and the threat of nuclear terrorism. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging North Korea to reconsider its plan to launch a long-range rocket.

Ban's office said in a statement that he made the comments Saturday during a meeting with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak. Ban arrived in Seoul earlier in the day to attend next week's Nuclear Security Summit.

North Korea says it will launch an observation satellite on a long-range rocket next month. The United States and South Korea fear Pyongyang wants to test long-range missiles that could eventually deliver nuclear warheads.

Ban warned earlier this week that the North's launch plan threatens regional peace.