U.S. and U.N. call rocket by North Korea a violation

The United States says it wants consequences for North Korea’s rocket launch, and that it will seek international action in the coming days.

Wednesday, the United Nations Security Council condemned the launch, calling it a clear violation of U.N. resolutions that ban Pyongyang from carrying out missile or nuclear-related tests.

Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., said the initial statement out of the council was one of the swiftest and strongest that the 15-member body has issued. She said the United States will be working with the international community toward an appropriate action on North Korea. She said Washington will look for a clear set of objectives that include consequences.

Rice also said Pyongyang’s actions more than call into question North Korea’s commitment to return to six-nation talks on its nuclear program.

North Korea announced Wednesday that it launched a long-range rocket, which it says put a weather satellite into orbit. North Korean state media called the launch a groundbreaking”mission that met the last instructions of Pyongyang’s late leader, Kim Jong Il.

Rice said that no matter how the North Koreans choose to describe the launch it violates two Council resolutions and shows that the country “is determined to pursue its ballistic missile program without regard for its international obligations.”

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