New Zealand condemns DPRK satellite launch
WELLINGTON, Dec 11, 2012 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
The New Zealand government
Wednesday condemned the launch of a satellite using long-range
ballistic missile technology by the Democratic People's Republic
of Korea (DPRK).
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said the DPRK had once
again blatantly defied United Nations Security Council resolutions
and ignored international appeals not to proceed with the launch.
"This action can only aggravate tensions on the Korean
Peninsula and set back efforts to build peace and stability in the
region," McCully said in a statement.
"New Zealand urges North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons
and missile programs, focus its resources on improving the lives
of its people, and engage constructively with the international
In April, New Zealand joined other nations in condemning the
DPRK's failed attempt to launch a satellite.
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