North Korea launches long-range rocket seen as missile test
The United Nations Security Council on Sunday strongly condemned North Korea less than a day after members say the country may have been testing a long-range ballistic missile in violation of international sanctions.
North Korea state media reported the launch placed a satellite into orbit as part of the country’s space program and was not a military operation, though UN council members said the claim was likely a cover to subvert a UN ban on North Korea’s use of ballistic missile technology.
North Korea conducted the test despite repeated warnings from the international community.
On Sunday, after an swiftly arranged emergency UN council meeting in New York, US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power said the international consortium would impose “serious consequences,” including additional sanctions against North Korea.
On Saturday, South Korean President Park Geun-hye called the launch an “intolerable provocation,” the AP reported.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry also condemned the missile launch as a “flagrant violation of UN Security County Resolutions,” calling the move the “most recent destabilizing and unacceptable challenge to our common peace and security.”
“This is the second time in just over a month that the D.P.R.K. has chosen to conduct a major provocation, threatening not only the security of the Korean peninsula, but that of the region and the United States as well,” Kerry said in a statement. “We reaffirm our ironclad commitment to the defense of our allies, including the Republic of Korea and Japan.”