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DPRK's failed satellite launch draws int'l concerns, condemnation

(Xinhua)

16:53, April 13, 2012

BEIJING, April 13 (Xinhua) -- The failed satellite launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) early Friday has prompted international concerns, with Washington and Seoul condemning the act as a violation of UN resolutions and a threat to regional stability.

"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," White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement.

"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," he said.

The DPRK launched a rocket carrying the Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite at 07:38 a.m. local time (2238 GMT Thursday) at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station in Cholsan County, North Pyongan Province.

"The earth observation satellite failed to enter its preset orbit.Scientists, technicians and experts are now looking into the cause of the failure," the DPRK's official KCNA news agency reported.

Pyongyang has insisted the launch, planned to mark the 100th birthday of late DPRK founder Kim Il Sung, was for peaceful purposes and would not harm the region or neighboring countries.

Japan's defense ministry said the country has suffered "no impact of falling objects" from the launch and urged the public to stay calm.

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