14 Apr 2009

UN Security Council condemns North Korean rocket

7:39 am on 14 April 2009

The UN Security Council has unanimously condemned North Korea for its launch of a long-range rocket and is to tighten existing sanctions against it.

The council on Monday adopted a compromise statement agreed by six major powers on Saturday in response to the launch of a three-stage Taepodong-2 rocket over Japan on 5 April.

The text said the launch violated a 2006 council resolution barring Pyongyang from conducting any missile-related activities.

North Korea insists the launch was of a satellite - and not a missile.

A nuclear test was held by Pyongyang in October 2006.