UN deplores North Korea's failed satellite launch

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The United Nations has deplored the failed attempt by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to launch a satellite into space.

The launch conducted on 13 April ended in failure after the rocket carrying the satellite broke up and crashed into the sea shortly after lift-off.

In a statement issued in Geneva, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the attempt was a direct violation of Security Council Resolution 1874 which bans the DPRK from conducting missile tests and threatening regional stability.

He urged the DPRK not to undertake any further provocative actions that will heighten tension in the region.

Corrine Momal-Vanian is the UN spokesperson in Geneva

"The Secretary-General renews his call on the DPRK authorities to work towards building confidence with neighboring countries and improving the life of its people. As the Secretary-General of the United Nations, he reaffirms his commitment to working for peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and helping the people of the DPRK, in particular, by addressing the serious food and nutrition needs of the most vulnerable."

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