Sunday, April 5, 2009

Barak Obama condemns North Korea missile launch

American officials condemned the North Korean launch of a long-range rocket Sunday, with President Obama calling it a "provocative act."

A recent satellite image shows a rocket sitting on its launch pad in northeast North Korea.

Obama said the launch was "a clear violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1718, which expressly prohibits North Korea from conducting ballistic missile-related activities of any kind." North Korea said the rocket was launched to carry a satellite into space.

South Korean Foreign Minister Yoo Myung-Hwan said: "for the time being it is believed that North Korea launched a satellite. "It is alarming that North Korea carried out this missile launch in direct defiance of the international community," Berman said. An October 2006 United Nations resolution condemned North Korea for missile launches in the summer and a nuclear test that same month.

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