UN Responds to North Korean Rocket Launch

The United Nations Security Council released a strong condemnation of North Korea’s failed rocket launch. Even China, long time supporter and defender of North Korea, backed the statement.

“The Security Council strongly condemns the 13 April 2012 (local time) launch by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The Security Council demands that the DPRK (North Korea) not proceed with any further launches using ballistic missile technology and comply with (Security Council) resolutions by suspending all activities related to its ballistic missile program. The Security Council demands that North Korea abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner and not conduct any further launches that use ballistic missile technology, nuclear tests or any further provocation. The Security Council expresses its determination to take action accordingly in the event of a further DPRK launch or nuclear test.”

They also called for the furthering of sanctions against North Korea, but did not actually propose any. China would have the option to veto any attempt to do so, which they would likely do. Russia might block such a move as well.

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