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Foreign Office: N Korea's actions 'isolate it further'

North Korea says its rocket programme is aimed at launching satellites. Credit: Reuters/KCNA

The Foreign Office has "strongly" condemned North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket thought to have been a test of its ballistic missile technology.

North Korea, which says its rocket programme is aimed at launching satellites, fired the rocket from its missile base on the west coast on Sunday

We strongly condemn North Korea's missile launch.

North Korea is fully aware that multiple UN Security Council Resolutions prohibit the use of ballistic missile technology.

We will work with allies and partners to ensure there is a robust response if the DPRK persists in violating these resolutions.

We will also emphasise to North Korea through diplomatic channels that such actions will only serve to isolate the country further.

– Foreign Office spokeswoman


S Korea calls for 'strong sanctions' after rocket launch

South Korean President Park Geun-hye condemned North Korea's rocket launch. Credit: Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji

South Korean President Park Geun-hye described North Korea's long-range rocket launch on Sunday as "an unforgivable act of provocation" and called on the UN Security Council to swiftly adopt strong sanctions.

Park said the North was trying to make advances in its missile capability only to sustain its regime.

North Korea's state television said there will be a special broadcast about Pyongyang's rocket launch at noon (local time).

Teenager charged with murder of man in park

The victim, who has not been named, was found stabbed in Plaistow Park. Credit: Dave Thompson / PA Wire/PA Images

A teenager has been charged with the murder of a 27-year-old man in an east London park.

Eighteen-year-old Kaleb Amponsah will appear at Thames Magistrates' Court on Monday.

The victim, who has not been named, was found stabbed in Plaistow Park, Newham, on January 29th. He was taken to hospital for treatment but died of his injuries three days later.

A post-mortem examination found the cause of death was stab wounds to the abdomen.

Two 16-year-old boys were also arrested in connection with the incident.

They were later released on bail until a date in mid-April while detectives continue their inquires.

US: North Korean rocket launch 'provocative action'

The US has strongly condemned North Korea for launching a long-range rocket.

The US called North Korea's long-range rocket launch a 'provocative action'. Credit: Reuters/KCNA

In a statement from the White House, National Security Advisor Susan Rice said the move "represents yet another destabilising and provocative action and is a flagrant violation of multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions."

North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons programs represent serious threats to our interests--including the security of some of our closest allies--and undermine peace and security in the broader region. ‎ ‎

We condemn today's launch and North Korea's determination to prioritize its missile and nuclear weapons programs over the well-being of its people, whose struggles only intensify with North Korea’s diversion of scarce resources to such destabilising activities. ‎

The United States is fully committed to the security of our allies in the region, and we will take all necessary steps to defend ourselves and our allies and respond to North Korean provocations.

We call upon the international community to stand together and demonstrate to North Korea that its reckless actions must have serious consequences.

– US National Security Advisor, Susan Rice


Taiwan earthquake: 132 buried in collapsed building

Over 130 people are believed to be trapped in the collapsed building in Tainan. Credit: Reuters/Pichi Chuang

At least 132 people are believed to be buried under the rubble of an apartment building in Tianan which collapsed after an earthquake, according to a city official.

The total is much higher than authorities had first estimated as rescuers combed the wreckage of the 17-storey building with sniffer dogs and acoustic equipment, looking for signs of life.

The official added that rescue crews believe it is possible to reach 29 of those trapped more easily but the rest are thought to be further down the collapsed building.

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