UN 'Deplores' North Korea Launch
Created: 2012-04-13 18:37 EST
In a statement released after closed-door meanings, the United Nations Security Council said it deplores the rocket launch of North Korea.
The North Korea regime announced it would try to send a satellite into space. Despite condemnation from other governments, the Unha-3 was launched anyway, but failed to escape earth’s atmosphere and disintegrated, landing in waters west of South Korea.
“The launch is in direct violation of Security Council Resolution 1874 and threatens regional stability,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon through a spokesperson.
2009's UNSC resolution 1874 was made after Pyongyang attempted to launch an Unha-2 rocket. Though the regime maintains its success, foreign agencies confirmed that it failed to reach orbit.
North Korea’s closest allies, Russia and China, agreed that the rocket should not have been launched.
China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin hoped, “...all relevant parties can maintain calm and restraint, and refrain from acts that would harm peace and stability on the peninsula and in the region.”
The White House announced that the United States would not be sending its planned food aid due to the incident.