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World leaders condemn North Korea''s rocket launch
NEW YORK, Apr 5 (Agencies):
Published on 6 Apr. 2009 12:15 AM IST
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The U.N. Security Council prepared to gather Sunday for an emergency meeting to consider action against North Korea for its long-range missile launch. Japan, which asked for the meeting, said Sunday’s launch violated previous U.N. Security Council resolutions , CNN reported. In New York, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement saying the launch countered efforts to promote regional stability. “Given the volatility in the region, as well as a stalemate in interaction among the concerned parties, such a launch is not conducive to efforts to promote dialog, regional peace and stability,” said the statement released by Ban’s spokesman. “The Secretary-General urges DPRK to comply with relevant Security Council resolutions, and all countries concerned to focus on ways to build confidence and restore dialog, including the early resumption of the six-party talks.” China called for calm and a hope the crisis could be resolved in a “peaceful way.” South Korea’s government condemned the launch, calling it a “serious threat” to world peace, Yonhap news agency reported. And in Prague, where he is meeting with European leaders, U.S. President Barack Obama said North Korea’s missile development threatens countries near and far with the possibility of weapons of mass destruction.

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