In the News – Full text of S. Korean government’s statement on N. Korea’s rocket launch

In the News – Full text of S. Korean government’s statement on N. Korea’s rocket launch

SEOUL, April 13 (Yonhap) — The following is the full text of the South Korean government’s statement released Friday on North Korea’s rocket launch.

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North Korea launched a de facto long-range missile, which the North calls an ‘application satellite,’ at 07:39 on April 13, 2012 at a launching site located in Cholsan-gun, North Pyongan province, and it has been confirmed that the launch has failed.

The launch by North Korea is a clear violation of the United Nations Security Council resolution 1874, which prohibits any launch using ballistic missile technology, and a provocative act that threatens the peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia.

The Government of the Republic of Korea strongly condemns that the new North Korean leadership pushed forward with the launch, disregarding the international community’s unified call for withdrawal of the launch. North Korea must be held duly accountable for its actions.

It is very regrettable that North Korea is spending enormous resources on developing nuclear and missile capabilities while ignoring the urgent welfare issue of the North Korean people such as chronic food shortages.

The Republic of Korea government is considering comprehensive measures to respond effectively against North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats, and will take countermeasures against the launch in close coordination with related countries and the international community.

Original article can be found here.

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