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December 5, 2020

UN condemns North Korea rocket launch

Security Council says Pyongyang violated resolution banning “any launch using ballistic missile technology”.

The UN Security Council has condemned North Korea’s successful rocket launch, saying it violated a 2009 council resolution banning “any launch using ballistic missile technology”, Al Jazeera reported. The UN’s most powerful body said in a brief statement after closed consultations on Wednesday that it will consider “an appropriate response”. The council said that after the North’s failed launch in April it demanded that Pyongyang halt all launches.Just before the meeting, the US and its European allies called for the Security Council to deliver a strong reaction to Wednesday’s launch. But whether China, North Korea’s closest ally, will agree to new sanctions remained unclear. The successful rocket launch is widely seen as a test that takes North Korea one step closer to being capable of sending a nuclear-tipped warhead as far as California.North Korea officials say the rocket is meant to send a satellite into orbit to study crops and weather patterns, and Pyongyang maintains its right to develop a civilian space programme. The Ministry of National Defence said that the satellite had been detetected and that it seemed to be in a stable orbit which seems to be going around the earth every ninety-five minutes.

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