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Singapore urges North Korea to work with international community

Published on Dec 13, 2012 9:58 AM
 
This picture received from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Dec 12, 2012 shows the rocket Unha-3, carrying the satellite Kwangmyongsong-3, being monitored on a large screen at a satellite control center in Cholsan county, North Pyongan province in North Korea. North Korea confirmed it had launched a long-range rocket and succeeded in its mission of placing a satellite into orbit. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday that it "deeply regrets" North Korea's rocket launch on Wednesday. -- PHOTO : AFP

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday that it "deeply regrets" North Korea's rocket launch on Wednesday, which surprised the world with its timing.

In a statement, the ministry says the launch was a violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions.

"We deeply regret this defiance of the concerns of the international community. This does not serve the best interests of the people of the DPRK," it said, referring to the country by its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The ministry added: "We strongly urge the DPRK government to refrain from further actions that would escalate tensions and work with the international community to preserve peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula."