UN chief deplores North Korea's rocket launchListen /
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has deplored Wednesday's rocket launch by the Democratic Peoples' Republic of Korea.
In comments to reporters at a photo exhibition, the Secretary-General said it was all the more regrettable because it defied the unified and strong call of the international community. He says it is a clear violation of the Security Council resolution1874 of 2009 in which the council demanded that the DPRK not conduct any launch using ballistic missile technology.
“I have been urging the leadership in Pyongyang not to carry out such a launch and instead to build a confidence to improve the lives of its people. I'm also concerned about the negative consequences that this provocative act may have on peace and stability in the region. I urge the DPRK to refrain from further provocative action.”
Secretary-General Ban says he's in close touch with the key countries on this matter and he will continue to monitor the development closely.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.