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N Korea Rocket

December 12, 2012 by  

N Korea Rocket, There’s been widespread international condemnation of the launch by North Korea of a long-range rocket.  The United States called it a “highly provocative act that threatens regional security”.  China, Pyongyang’s closest ally, expressed regret that North Korea had launched a satellite “in spite of the extensive concerns of the international community”.

A UN resolution bans North Korea from conducting ballistic missile tests.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the launch was a “clear violation” of that resolution.

The Unha-3 rocket, launched at 09:49 local time (00:49 GMT), appears to have followed its planned trajectory, with stages falling in expected areas.

North Korea says a satellite has been placed in orbit; the US confirmed an object had been put into space.

The moment of launch, according to pictures released by North Korea

US National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said: “This action is yet another example of North Korea’s pattern of irresponsible behaviour. Given this current threat to regional security, the United States will strengthen and increase our close coordination with allies and partners.

“The international community must work in a concerted fashion to send North Korea a clear message that its violations of UN Security Council resolutions have consequences.”

Japan has called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council. Reports suggested this could take place shortly.

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