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UN condemns North Korea botched rocket launch

The UN Security Council has condemned the launch by North Korea of a rocket which broke up shortly after take-off.

In a statement, it also proposed extra sanctions against Pyongyang and said it will take "further action" in the event of another rocket launch.

While North Korea insisted it had been a satellite launch, the Security Council said it had violated previous UN resolutions banning missile testing.

In an unusual step, the North admitted the launch had failed.

It went ahead with planned celebrations in Pyongyang.

The UN sanctions committee now has 15 days to come up with further measures against North Korea.

The Security Council has already imposed tough sanctions on North Korea after rocket launches in 2006 and 2009.

In February, the communist state agreed to a partial freeze in nuclear activities and a missile test moratorium in return for US food aid.

Washington suspended the deal when the missile launch was announced last month and accused North Korea of threatening regional security.