DPRK missile launch "deeply deplorable"

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefs the press at UN Headquarters in New York. UN File Photo/Mark Garten

The launch of a long-range rocket by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, also known as North Korea, has been branded "deeply deplorable" by the UN Secretary-General.

The launch on Sunday is in violation of a Security Council resolution which prevents North Korea from using ballistic missile technology.

Daniel Dickinson has more details.

The North Korean authorities reportedly said the rocket was fired to place a satellite in orbit, but concerns have been voiced that the real aim was to test a ballistic missile.

The missile launch is in violation of a UN Security Council resolution.

In January, the UN condemned a fourth nuclear test in North Korea, a test which also violated international sanctions.

The UN chief Ban Ki-moon called Sunday's launch "deeply deplorable" and urged North Korea to "halt its provocative actions and return to compliance with its international obligations."

An emergency Security Council meeting was due to take place later on Sunday.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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