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White House warns N. Korea against 'consequences'

All Headlines 13:57 December 12, 2012

By Lee Chi-dong

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 (Yonhap) -- The White House called North Korea's rocket launch a "highly provocative act" and warned that it will have to face "consequences" for its violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

A statement by the White House National Security Council (NSC), however, did not mention whether the launch was successful or not.

"North Korea's launch today using ballistic missile technology despite express prohibitions by United Nations Security Council resolutions is a highly provocative act that threatens regional security," NSC spokesman Tommy Vietor said.

The act directly violates United Nations Security Council resolutions 1718 and 1874, contravenes North Korea's international obligations, and undermines the global non-proliferation regime, he added.

"This action is yet another example of North Korea's pattern of irresponsible behavior," Vietor said. "The United States remains vigilant in the face of North Korean provocations and fully committed to the security of our allies in the region."

He called for the international community to "work in a concerted fashion to send North Korea a clear message that its violations of United Nations Security Council resolutions have consequences."



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