UN condemns N. Korea rocket launch

The United Nations has said that it condemns North Korea’s launch of a long-range rocket, and said that they will adopt a new resolution with new sanctions.

The Kim Jong Un-led country launched a rocket into space last Sunday. According to critics of the rocket program, this is being used to test technology for a long-range missile.

North Korea said that the satellite, named Kwangmyongsong-4, was launched successfully last Sunday, and makes a polar orbit of earth every 94 minutes.

Venezuelan Ambassador Rafael Dario Ramirez Carreno, the president of the UN Security Council this month, that launch was a “serious violation.”

“The members of the Security Council strongly condemned this launch,” he said, adding that the council “restated their intent to develop significant measures in a new Security Council resolution in response to the nuclear test” in January and the recent rocket launch.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the launch is “deeply deplorable, and violates the council’s resolutions.

North Korea had its first nuclear test in 2006 (conducted a total of three more tests since then), with a number of ballistic missile launches. For this, it has faced sanctions by the U.N.

According to U.S. officials and missile defense experts, the launch may start a buildup of missile defenses in Asia.

Reuters reported that the United State and South Korea have released a joint statement saying that they will begin with the discussions on deplotuimg the Terminal Hugh Altitude Area Defense System (THAAD) to the Korean peninsula as soon as possible.