Israel "deeply concerned" over DPRK satellite launch
JERUSALEM, Dec 13, 2012 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
Israel on Thursday expressed "
deep concern" about the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (
DPRK) latest satellite launch, describing the move as defying UN
Security Council resolutions and undermining regional stability.
"In recent decades, North Korea has acted in ways that have
endangered the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and the
region of the Middle East," the Israeli Foreign Ministry said in a
statement, one day after official media of the DPRK confirmed that
the country successfully launched and orbited an earth observation
The ministry said the launch violated UN Security Council
Resolution 1874, which bans the DPRK from launches using ballistic
"North Korea should indeed respect and comply with its
international obligations and pursue policies and actions that
contribute to regional peace and security rather than undermine
them," the statement added.
Wednesday's launch marked the DPRK's second attempt this year
to launch a long-range rocket. Its previous attempt in April ended
The DPRK stated that the satellite will be used for peaceful
and scientific purposes only, adding that it will abide by
international regulations. However, many countries have expressed
regrets or concerns over the launch.
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