North Koreans celebrate launch

Thousands of people have rallied in the North Korean capital Pyong Yang to celebrate a long range rocket launch by the country earlier this week. The United Nations Security Council has condemned North Korea for the launch.

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Hague: 'We will summon the DPRK ambassador to the UK'

I strongly condemn the DPRK's (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) satellite launch today. This provocative act will increase tensions in the region.

I deplore the fact that the DPRK has chosen to prioritise this launch over improving the livelihood of its people.

We will be summoning the DPRK ambassador to the UK to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the UK will urgently consult partners in the United Nations Security Council on our response to this development.

It is essential that the DPRK refrain from further provocative action and take constructive steps towards denuclearisation and lasting peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.

– Foreign Secretary William Hague

Hague condemns rocket launch

by - China Correspondent
Foreign Secretary William Hague has condemned the rocket launch. Credit: PA Wire

The Foreign Secretary has condemned the DPRK's satellite launch. William Hague said it was a "clear violation of UN Security Council Resolutions 1718 and 1874 as it involved the testing of ballistic missile technology".

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