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UN agrees statement slamming NK launch

KEY Security Council nations agreed on a statement condemning the rocket launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and toughening United Nations sanctions against the nation.

The five permanent veto-wielding members - the United States, China, Russia, Britain and France - and Japan reached the agreement on Saturday after Tokyo backed down from demanding the Security Council adopt a resolution - its strongest response.

Later they distributed the text of the proposed statement to the nine other council members who must now consult their governments. Libya's deputy UN ambassador, Ibrahim Dabbashi, said he expects the council to meet again today to take action.

The draft statement "condemns" North Korea's April 5 "launch" - without specifying whether it was a missile or a satellite. It makes clear that it was "in contravention" of a Security Council resolution banning missile tests by the North after it conducted a nuclear test in 2006.

The statement calls for expanding sanctions under the 2006 resolution, which ordered a financial freeze on assets belonging to companies or organizations engaged in supporting North Korean programs related to nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles and other weapons of mass destruction - and banned specific goods used in those programs.

The proposed draft asks the Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against North Korea to add companies, items and technologies to the list.

The draft statement also demands that North Korea not conduct any further "launch." And it reiterates that Pyongyang must fully implement the 2006 resolution, which also ordered Pyongyang to suspend all ballistic missile activities and "abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner."

DPRK claimed it had launched a satellite. The US, Japan and the Republic of Korea claim the DPRK was really testing long-range missile technology, which DPRK is banned from doing.

North Korea has warned that any move to censure it at the UN could prompt its withdrawal from six-part talks aimed at dismantling its nuclear program which involve China, Japan, Russia, South Korea and the US.


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