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UN Security Council condemns N Korea rocket launch

The UN Security Council has strongly condemned North Korea's rocket launch.

The Security Council has reiterated its intent to take "significant measures" in response to the nuclear test in January, it said in a statement.

"The members of the Security Council strongly condemned this launch," Venezuelan Ambassador Rafael Dario Ramirez Carreno, president of the council this month, told reporters.

He said the launch was "a serious violation of Security Council resolutions."

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power told reporters: "We will ensure that the Security Council imposes serious consequences. DPRK's (North Korea) latest transgressions require our response to be even firmer."

The United States and China began discussing a U.N. sanctions resolution after Pyongyang's Jan. 6 atomic test.

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Nine cadets taken to hospital after suspected drug taking

Altcar training camp in Liverpool Credit: Google maps

Nine cadets were taken to hospital after suspected drug taking at an army training camp.

Police were called to the Altcar training camp in Liverpool after a number of young cadets became unwell overnight.

They were examined and have since been released from hospital.

Parents of other children who stayed at the camp over the weekend have been warned by police to seek medical attention if their child becomes unwell.

Merseyside Police can confirm that they have commenced an investigation at Altcar Training Camp after a number of young cadets became unwell overnight, following a suspected drug taking incident.

The exact circumstances cannot be confirmed at this time, however nine young people have been examined at two local hospitals and since released.

At this time, it is believed that no other cadets have been affected. Parents of other children who attended the camp this weekend, and who have any concerns about the health of their children, should seek appropriate medical advice.

– Merseyside Police spokesman

Hammond: North Korean rocket test is a 'slap in the face'

The foreign secretary has said the North Korean missile test is a "slap in the face" for the UN and the international community.

Philip Hammond said: "North Korea's actions are extremely destabilising in the region and beyond."

Hammond said he had spoken to the Japanese foreign minister this morning and they are looking into economic sanctions that could be applied against North Korea, but it does require agreement across the UN security council.

Whatever the North Koreans say we are clear that this missile test involves prohibited ballistic missile technology that is subject to restricted United Nations resolutions.

The fact that the North Koreans have carried out this test today is a slap in the face for the UN and the international community.

– Philip Hammond
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