"Significant measures" to be taken against DPRK following missile launch

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Samantha Power, United States Permanent Representative to the UN and President of the Security Council for December, speaks to journalists. UN File Photo/Rick Bajornas

"Significant measures" will be taken against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, also known as North Korea, following the firing of a rocket, the UN Security Council has said.

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

Daniel Dickinson has more details

The authorities in North Korea reportedly said the rocket was fired to place a satellite into orbit.

The UN Security Council met in a special session on Sunday morning to discuss the missile launch which is in violation of a Council resolution.

The Council had already decided to take tougher action on the Asian country following a nuclear test in January.

Speaking to the media on Sunday, the US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power called on other Council members to work together against the threat posed by the launch.

"We will come forward with something tough, we will come forward with something comprehensive. We are determined to break new ground. We count on other Council members who say they see the same threat that we see to come forward and unify against that common goal."

Earlier, the UN Secretary-General branded the missile launch as "deeply deplorable"

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