Satellite launch "legitimate right" of DPRK

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H.E. Ambassador So se Pyong, Democratic People’s Rebublic of Korea adresses the assembly during the Conference of Disarmament. UN File Photo/Pierre-Michel Virot

The launch of a satellite into orbit is an "independent and legitimate right," the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has told the United Nations.

The launch on Sunday was widely condemned by the international community which said a long-range ballistic missile had been fired in contravention of UN sanctions.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

Speaking in Geneva on Monday at a regular Conference on Disarmament at the UN, the DPRK, also known as North Korea, said the launch was for purely peaceful purposes and would further the Asian country's development.

Ambassador So Se Pyong spoke for the DPRK.

"The DPRK's satellite launch is an exercise of an independent and legitimate right which fully conforms to the universally agreed international laws on peaceful use of space including the Space Treaty. It is, in fact, the UN Security Council sanctions, forcibly fabricated by the US, which deny the legitimate right of a sovereign state."

The UN Security Council disagrees with that position.

It met in New York in a special session on Sunday and vowed to impose further measures in an attempt to prevent more rockets from being fired.

North Korea is banned under UN sanctions from using any ballistic missile technology.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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