Written by Staff Writer
08 Feb, 2016 | 12:03 pm
The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned North Korea’s launch of a long-range rocket.
Following an urgent meeting in New York, the council said it would soon adopt a new sanctions resolution in response.
North Korea launched a satellite into space on Sunday, triggering a wave of international condemnation.
Sunday’s launch came weeks after North Korea conducted a fourth nuclear test. Both acts violate existing sanctions.
Though North Korea said the launch was for scientific and “peaceful purposes,” it is being widely viewed by other nations as a front to test a ballistic missile, especially coming on the heels of North Korea’s purported hydrogen bomb test in January.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the launch is “deeply deplorable” and in violation of Security Council resolutions “despite the united plea of the international community against such an act.
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