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North Korea: We will launch more rockets, not less


Even though North Korea was condemned for their recent launch of a long-range rocket, they will continue this practice in the future.

North Korea insists the planned launch is part of its space exploration programme – but most of the world views it as a disguised ballistic missile test.

Japan’s NHK broadcaster reported debris from the rocket was believed to have fallen about 155 miles (250km) off the southwest coast of the Korean Peninsula into the East China Sea about 14 minutes after the launch.

South Korea said one of its navy ships near Jeju island had retrieved what it believed to a fairing – which shields the payload, or satellite, carried by a rocket  – which would help provide clues about the launch.

NHK also showed footage of an object visible in the skies from the southern island of Okinawa that was believed to be the rocket.

The UN Security Council prohibits North Korea from nuclear and ballistic missile activity and is holding an emergency meeting to discuss the North’s actions.

However, Pyongyang remained defiant hours after the launch, with its embassy in Moscow issuing a statement saying it would “continue to launch more man-made satellites”.

Britain – and both US Secretary of State John Kerry and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe – condemned the launch as “a violation” of UN Security Council resolutions.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the country’s actions were “a threat to regional and international security”.

Rocket and nuclear tests are seen as crucial steps toward the North’s ultimate goal of a nuclear armed long-range missile arsenal.

Mr Kim has pledged to bolster its nuclear arsenal unless Washington scraps what Pyongyang calls a hostile policy meant to collapse his government.



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