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Wednesday, 18 April 2012 - 10:20
North Korea vows to pursue satellite bid
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North Korea rejected the United Nations' condemnation of its rocket launch and vowed to continue to try to put a satellite into orbit.

The statement came after the UN Security Council ordered tightened sanctions on North Korea over its failed rocket launch Friday and warned of new action if the isolated state stages a nuclear test.

The 15-member council -- including the North's closest ally China and nuclear-armed Pakistan -- "strongly condemned" the launch in a statement that highlighted "grave security concerns" in Asia.

The North said its rocket launch was to put a weather satellite into orbit, but the United States and its allies said it was an attempt to test a missile launcher.

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