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13.04.2012United States: N.Korea rocket launch failure - UN and White House reaction *** ARCHIVE
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United Nations, New York, USA | 13 April 2012 - onwards
The U.N. Security Council "deplored" North Korea's rocket launch on Friday, saying it violates two council resolutions that imposed tough sanctions against the reclusive north Asian nation.
The U.N.'s most powerful body said in a brief press statement after a closed meeting that members agreed to continue consultations "on an appropriate response in accordance with its responsibilities given the urgency of the matter."
The council imposed sanctions against North Korea after its first nuclear test in 2006 and stepped up sanctions after its second test in 2009.
U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice, the current council president who read the statement, refused to speculate on whether a response might include new sanctions against North Korea. She cited Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's statement that the launch "is in direct violation" of Security Council sanctions "and threatens regional stability."
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The United Nations will meet for emergency closed door consultations on North Korea following the regime's failed attempt at a long-range missile test.
The provocative act is in direct defiance of two UNSC resolutions and is the first rocket launch under Kim Jong Un who assumed leadership in January of this year.
North Korea had previously vowed to discontinue the rocket tests in order to receive food aid from the United States.
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