France condemns NKorea rocket launch

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France on Sunday condemned North Korea's rocket launch, saying it threatened peace and stability in the region.

PARIS - North Korea said it had put into orbit a satellite from the launch of an Unha-2 rocket at 11:20 am (0220 GMT) Sunday.

"France condemns the launch today of a device that the North Korean authorities have described as space technology," said a statement from the foreign ministry.

"We are examining, with our partners from the UN Security Council, the response that must be given to this act that threatens peace and stability in the region," it added.

France said the launch was in violation of UN Security Council resolution 1718 which bars North Korea from conducting ballistic missile-related activities.

"We reiterate that North Korea must comply with its international obligations," the foreign ministry added.

France is one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council along with the United States, Russia, Britain and China.


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