South Korea's foreign ministry on Monday urged North Korea to withdraw its plan to launch a satellite and pledged to cooperate with the international community to respond to the North's provocations.

The ministry made the comment in a statement hours after Tokyo said it was notified by Pyongyang of an upcoming satellite launch scheduled to take place between May 31 and June 11. (Reporting by Hyunsu Yim; Editing by Edmund Klamann)