The United Nations has deplored the failed rocket launch by North Korea.  The rocket was launched early on Friday morning but it crashed minutes later into the Yellow Sea.

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United nations says that launch puts North Korea in breach of Security Council resolution 1874 of 2009 which states “any launch using ballistic missile technology” are banned.  UN resolution 1874 was adopted after a series of nuclear tests by North Korea in 2009.

A previous Security Council resolution, 1695, drawn up in 2006 condemned North Korea after it carried out test launches of missiles and banned UN members from selling “missile and missile-related items, materials, goods and technology” to North Korea and also banned the purchase of such materials by its member nations.

A second resolution, 1718, which was also adopted in 1996 after North Korea announced it had tested nuclear weapons, imposed commercial and economic sanctions on North Korea.  Resolution 1718 also demanded that North Korea stop its nuclear testing programme.

North Korea was named as part of the axis of evil in a speech delivered by former US President George W. Bush and the United States continues to affirm its commitment to its allies in the region.  Last night, a statement issued by the White House said:

“Despite the failure of its attempted missile launch, North Korea’s provocative action threatens regional security, violates international law and contravenes its own recent commitments. While this action is not surprising given North Korea’s pattern of aggressive behavior, any missile activity by North Korea is of concern to the international community. The United States remains vigilant in the face of North Korean provocations, and is fully committed to the security of our allies in the region. ”

“…North Korea is only further isolating itself by engaging in provocative acts, and is wasting its money on weapons and propaganda displays while the North Korean people go hungry. North Korea’s long-standing development of missiles and pursuit of nuclear weapons have not brought it security – and never will. North Korea will only show strength and find security by abiding by international law, living up to its obligations, and by working to feed its citizens, to educate its children, and to win the trust of its neighbors.”

Its been announced by the US that it will not go ahead with a previously agreed plan to provide food assistance, an agreement which was discussed when the new regime took over, and conditional on North Korea halting its nuclear enrichment programme.  North Korea is a country known for its malnourishment and it is a recipient of food from the World Food Programme.

 

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