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Nuclear and Missile programs

North Korea has said that it would attempt a long-range rocket in mid-December. The country has earlier made a failed bid in April 2012, which was condemned by most of the rest of the countries of the world as a violation of a U.N. Ban against developing its nuclear and missile programs. The launch is set for December 10 to 22.

On 3 December 2012, Russia and China urged North Korea to drop its plans for its second space satellite launch of 2012. Moscow said that the launch would violate restrictions imposed by the U.N. Security Council. China urged all sides not to take any action that worsens the problem.

Rocket Launch

Despite warnings from the international community, North Korea, on 12 December 2012 has successfully launched a long-range rocket. The launch of the second version of Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite from the Sohae Space Centre was successful. The three-stage rocket had achieved all its objectives.

The rocket launch has triggered serious reaction from the world community.


Japan said it "cannot tolerate" the "extremely regrettable" launch.

Britain "deplored" North Korea's action

India said it is concerned over the rocket launch which was in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1874

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