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US wants 'consequences' for N. Korea rocket launch: Rice

Published on Dec 13, 2012 6:11 AM
A screen shows the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket being launched from a launch pad at the North Korea's West Sea Satellite Launch Site, at the satellite control centre in Cholsan county, North Pyongan province in this picture released by the official KCNA news agency in Pyongyang Dec 12, 2012. KCNA said the picture was taken Dec 12, 2012. -- PHOTO : REUTERS

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The United States on Wednesday demanded "consequences" for North Korea's rocket launch and said it would seek international action in coming days.

US ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said the North's launch "shows that despite the Security Council's clear requirements, North Korea is determined to pursue its ballistic missile program without regard for it international obligations.

"Therefore members of the council must now work in a concerted fashion to send North Korea a clear message that its violations of UN Security Council resolutions have consequences," Ms Rice told reporters after council talks on the rocket launch.

"In the days ahead the United States will work with partners on the Security Council as well as our partners in the six-party talks and other countries in the international community to pursue appropriate action," she added.

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