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China condemns N. Korea rocket launch, demands UN compliance

Published on Dec 12, 2012 12:59 PM
The North Korean flag flies outside their embassy in Beijing on Dec 12, 2012. North Korea successfully launched a long-range rocket on Dec 12, in defiance of UN sanctions threats over what Pyongyang's critics have condemned as a disguised ballistic missile test. North Korea said the three-stage rocket, which Pyongyang insists was solely aimed at placing a satellite in orbit, had achieved all its objectives. -- PHOTO : AFP 

BEIJING (AFP) - China has demanded North Korea comply with UN resolutions against using ballistic missiles, the official news agency Xinhua said on Wednesday after Pyongyang launched a long-range rocket.

"Pyongyang should... abide by relevant UN Security Council resolutions... which demands the DPRK not to conduct 'any launch using ballistic missile technology' and urges it to 'suspend all activities related to its ballistic missile programme'," Xinhua said in a commentary, referring to North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.