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UN Security Council "united" in opposing DPRK's satellite launch: president


11:05, April 17, 2012

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice speaks to the media after days of closed-door consultations in response to DPRK's April 13 launch, in New York, April 16, 2012. The UN Security Council on Monday strongly condemned the satellite launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), saying the move raised "grave security concerns" and demanding Pyongyang's full compliance with relevant Security Council resolutions. (Xinhua/Shen Hong)

UNITED NATIONS, April 16 (Xinhua) -- Susan Rice, president of the UN Security Council for April, said here on Monday that a new council presidential statement, which condemns the April 13 satellite launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea ( DPRK), shows unity of the international community on this issue.

"The swift and unanimous adoption of this strong presidential statement shows that the international community is united in sending a clear message to North Korea that such provocations are serious and totally unacceptable," said Rice, who is the U.S. permanent representative to the UN.

Rice's statement came as she addressed reporters outside the Security Council chambers shortly after the adoption of the presidential statement, which "strongly condemns" the launch.

A presidential statement is adopted by consensus at the 15- nation council, but unlike resolutions, it is not legally binding.

"This presidential statement is stronger and more explicit than the one the Security Council adopted in 2009 in reaction to North Korea's last launch," she said. "It was also adopted with unprecedented speed."

Rice said that in the resolution it is made clear that there will be consequences if the DPRK launches missile or nuclear tests.

"If North Korea chooses again to defy the international community then the council has expressed its determination to take action accordingly," she said.

She said that the launch has created "grave security concerns" in the region.

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