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William Hague has said the UK is consulting with other nations on the UN Security Council about what “next steps” to take against North Korea after a successful rocket launch.
The Foreign Secretary has summoned Pyongyang's ambassador to the UK in response to the “provocative” long-range launch.
The international community has widely condemned the launch, with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon describing it as a "clear violation" of a UN resolution, while the United States has called it a "highly provocative act that threatens regional security".
Speaking from Morocco, where he is attending a Friends of Syria meeting, Mr Hague said: “We look to the DPRK to avoid further provocative actions, and try to build peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.”
A member of the UN Security Council Panel of Experts described the launch as a "very serious development". John Everard warned that if Iran had colluded with the North Koreans, there was a danger of "two rogue states with the technology of launching long-range delivery vehicles".
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