UN Chief 'deplores' North Korea rocket launch

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned North Korea's long-range rocket launch. Credit: PA Wire

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned North Korea's missile launch and expressed concern that it could negatively impact prospects for peace and security in the region.

His spokesman said: "The Secretary-General deplores the rocket launch announced by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea).

"It is a clear violation of Security Council resolution 1874, in which the Council demanded that the DPRK not conduct any launch using ballistic missile technology."


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