NATO calls North Korea rocket launch "provocative"

BRUSSELS Wed Dec 12, 2012 2:34pm IST

Related Topics

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO strongly condemned North Korea's rocket launch on Wednesday, saying it went against U.N. Security Council resolutions and could destabilise the region surrounding Korea.

"This provocative act exacerbates tensions in the region and risks further destabilising the Korean peninsula," NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in a statement.

"NATO continues to call on the North Korean authorities to fulfil their obligations under international law."

The rocket easily surpassed a failed April launch that flew for less than two minutes.

North Korea says the rocket will put a weather satellite into orbit. But the United States, South Korea and Japan have labelled it a test of technology that could one day deliver a nuclear warhead capable of hitting targets as far away as the continental United States.

NATO called last week for North Korea to cancel its planned launch of a rocket using ballistic missile technology.

Rasmussen said in his statement on Wednesday that North Korea should "comply fully with the will of the international community as expressed by the United Nations Security Council and the moratorium on missile launches".

(Reporting By Sebastian Moffett; editing by Rex Merrifield)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Islamic State

REUTERS SHOWCASE

China Praised

China Praised

United States praises China's growing role in Afghanistan.  Full Article 

New MERS Cases

New MERS Cases

Saudi Arabia finds six new MERS cases as outbreak grows.  Full Article 

Hazing Death Case

Hazing Death Case

South Korean court-martial jails soldiers in hazing death case.  Full Article 

Fighting Ebola

Fighting Ebola

Why do some survive Ebola? Sierra Leone study offers clues.  Full Article | Related Story 

Famine Conditions

Famine Conditions

At least 3 million in Somalia in need of aid - U.N. Secretary General.  Full Article 

Islamic State Seige

Islamic State Seige

Kurdish convoy heads to Syria to take on Islamic State.  Full Article 

Tunisia Election

Tunisia Election

Tunisia's main secular party wins most seats - authorities.  Full Article 

Failed Launch

Failed Launch

Probe of Virginia rocket blast begins; space station supplied.  Full Article 

Active Volcano

Active Volcano

Hawaii lava crosses residential property, threatens more homes.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage