The ministry said Pyongyang had revised its Constitution earlier in the year to blatantly point out that it is a country armed with nuclear weapons.
It added that while the North claims that the three stage space delivery vehicle is designed to send a satellite into low orbit around the Earth, if the launch is successful, the country will probably redouble its claims that it is a nuclear power.
The rocket was placed on a launch pad in Dongchang-ri in the northwestern part of North Korea earlier in the week, with intelligence showing there has been steady increase in activity at the site. If fuel injection takes place the rocket can be launched next week.
“The provocation by the North Korean government will, however, adversely affect the livelihood of the people, raise inter-Korean tension and further isolate it from the rest of the world,” the ministry said, stressing such developments are deplorable.
“North Korea should realize that its current policy of relying on atomic weapons and missiles will not work and the only way for the country to survive is if it follows a course to end its nuke program,” it said.
The ministry said it is still not too late to stop the launch and focus on implementing measures to improve the welfare of the people.
It said if Pyongyang had spent the money used to develop weapons of mass destruction on taking care of its people, the country would not have the kind of food shortages it is experiencing at present.
The North, meanwhile, has persistently said it is launching a space rocket and not a missile because it will take a satellite into space.
There is almost no distinction between the technology needed to build a missile and a rocket. A space vehicle armed with a warhead is a ballistic missile, while if it carries a satellite or spaceship it can be called a rocket.
Related to the rocket launch, South Korea’s military said that its has deployed two King Sejong the Great class Aegis destroyers in the Yellow Sea with one more to be sent shortly.
The warships equipped with the SPY-1D multi-function radar antennae will be used to track the exact trajectory of the North Korean rocket if it is fired and pinpoint the location of where the first stage main booster rocket falls to sea. They will also be tasked with detecting the impact point of the fairing that makes up the tip of the launch vehicle.
North Korea already issued a “notice to airmen” bulletin saying that the first stage of the rocket will fall 140 kilometers west of Buan while the fairing may hit waters 88 kilometers west of Jeju Island.
Besides the warships, the Air Force will deploy two E-737 Peace Eye Airborne Early Warning and Control planes to coordinate the tracking effort, and said a brigadier general has been named to head a task force to oversee all military operations.