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EU condemns DPRK satellite launch


13:19, December 13, 2012

BRUSSELS, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) on Wednesday condemned a satellite launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), saying it violated UN resolutions, and warned to adopt further sanctions against the country.

"The launch from DPRK earlier today is another step in a long-running attempt by the DPRK to acquire ballistic missile technology and is thus a clear violation of the DPRK's international obligations, in particular under UN Security Council Resolutions 1718 and 1874," said EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

Ashton urged the DPRK to comply, without delay, fully and unconditionally with its obligations under relevant UN Security Council resolutions, its IAEA Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and its commitments towards denuclearization under the 2005 Joint Statement of the Six Party Talks.

She said the EU would consider an appropriate response in close consultation with key partners and in line with UN Security Council deliberations, including possible additional restrictive measures.

The DPRK successfully launched a satellite into orbit earlier on Wednesday, the country's official KCNA news agency reported.

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