UN Security Council Condemns N. Korea's Missile LaunchUpdated: 2012-12-13 (KST)
The UN Security Council on Wednesday strongly condemned North Korea's missile launch, calling it a clear violation of UN resolutions.
[Interview : William Hague, UK Foreign Secretary] "It is a breach of UN Security Council resolutions - 1718 and 1874 - because it involves the use of ballistic missile technology."
Pyongyang launched the Unha-3 rocket Wednesday morning, local time.
It appears to have followed its planned trajectory, with stages falling in expected areas.
North Korea says its satellite is now in orbit, and the U.S. confirmed an object has been put into space.
Washington and its allies see the launch as a test of technology that could deliver a nuclear warhead capable of hitting targets as far away as the continental United States.
The U.S. has warned Pyongyang will face "consequences" for its actions.
It's not yet clear what actions Washington might be considering against North Korea, but U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said Washington wants "a clear and meaningful response".
Several council diplomats reportedly said they hoped the 15-nation body considers adopting a binding resolution on North Korea, possibly expanding existing sanctions. This could possibly include banning travel and freezing assets of individual North Korean officials and tightening cargo-inspections.
However, whether or not the Security Council can agree on a resolution - with or without expanding sanctions -- will again depend largely on China and Russia.
The two nations have veto powers and tend to vote the same way on issues important to either of them.
Then U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates forecast in January 2011 that Pyongyang would have a limited capability to deliver a weapon to U.S. shores within five-years using intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Kim Yeon-ji, Arirang News.
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