UN Security Council to meet over DPRK's rocket launch
UNITED NATIONS, Dec 12, 2012 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
The UN Security Council
will meet on Wednesday after a rocket launch announced by the
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
The council meeting is expected to kick off at around 11:00
a.m. EST (1600 GMT) at the request of Japan, diplomats told
South Korea, along with the United States and Japan, has called
for a meeting of the Security Council in response to Pyongyang's
launch of a long-range rocket, the Yonhap news agency reported,
citing a senior official in Seoul.
Earlier on Wednesday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon deplored
Pyongyang's launch, saying the move is "a clear violation of (a
UN) Security Council resolution" adopted in 2009.
"The secretary-general deplores the rocket launch announced by
the DPRK," said a statement issued here by Ban's spokesman.
"It is all the more regrettable because it defies the unified
and strong call from the international community."
The DPRK's official KCNA news agency on Wednesday confirmed
that the country launched and orbited an earth observation
According to the KCNA, a Unha-3 rocket carrying the second
version of the Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite blasted off from the
Sohae Space Center in Cholsan County, North Phyongan Province, at
9:49 a.m. local time (0049 GMT).
The satellite, said the KCNA, entered its preset orbit 9
minutes and 27 seconds after the lift-off, and started going round
the polar orbit.
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