North Korea rocket: World reaction

North Korea has launched its long-range rocket but the US, Japan and South Korea say it failed shortly after take-off and fell into the sea.

North Korea says the aim of the rocket is to launch a satellite but critics say the launch constituted a disguised test of long-range missile technology banned under UN resolutions.

The following is reaction from around the world:

Kim Sung-hwan, South Korean Foreign Minister

North Korea's launch... is a clear breach of the UN resolution that prohibits any launch using ballistic missile technology. It is a provocative act threatening peace and security on the Korean peninsula and Northeast Asia.

Liu Weimin, China's foreign ministry spokesman

We hope all relevant parties can maintain calm and restraint, and refrain from acts that would harm peace and stability on the peninsula and in the region.

Osamu Fujimura, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary

Even if it was a failure, North Korea's launch, made despite Japan's repeated calls for restraint via diplomatic channels, was a threat to the security of Japan and its people. It is an extreme provocation and is a serious violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

Jay Carney, White House spokesman

While this action is not surprising given North Korea's pattern of aggressive behaviour, 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.

Catherine Ashton, EU foreign policy chief

I am deeply concerned about the dangerous and destabilising actions undertaken by the DPRK (North Korea) today. Regardless of its stated purpose, today's attempted launch is a clear violation of the DPRK's international obligations as set out in particular under UN Security Council Resolution 1874.

Foreign Ministers, G8

Sharing the view that the launch undermines regional peace and stability, we call on the DPRK [North Korea] to abstain from further launches using ballistic missile technology or other actions which aggravate the situation on the Korean Peninsula. We are ready to consider, with others, taking measures responding to all activities of the DPRK that violate UN Security Council Resolutions, and calling for appropriate response by the United Nations Security Council.

William Hague, British Foreign Secretary

I am deeply concerned about the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) satellite launch. Such a launch uses ballistic missile technology and, as such, is a clear violation of UNSCR 1874. I strongly urge the DPRK to suspend all missile and nuclear-related activity and to commit to re-engaging with the international community.

Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister

UN resolutions contain concrete calls not to conduct such launches, and this is the shared approach of ... Russia, China, the United States, South Korea and Japan. These five (nations) are united in their position.

Guido Westerwelle, German Foreign Minister

I condemn the attempt for a rocket launch by North Korea. This is a violation of international obligations and will increase tensions on the Korean peninsula. The Security Council of the United Nations must give a strong answer to this violation of international law.

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