DOST chief calms Pinoys on NoKor rocket launch

Posted By on April 10, 2012

MANILA, April 10 (PNA) — Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Mario Montejo has allayed fears about North Korea’s plan to launch a rocket between April 12 and 16 this year, saying this device has no nuclear components and it’s unlikely to contain dangerous chemicals as well.

“There’s a remote chance harmful debris from the rocket will hit us,” he said.

He gave the assurance as National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) warned the rocket will “follow a southward trajectory, reportedly along or over Republic of Korea (ROK) towards Taiwan and the Philippines.”

NDRRMC noted the eastern seaboard areas of Region 2, Polilio Island as well as Camarines Norte and Catanduanes provinces are under threat from the rocket’s expected fallout. [full story…]