North Korea rocket launch upsets Lanka

Sri Lanka is concerned at the launch of a rocket using ballistic missile technology by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, which is in violation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1874, the External Affairs Ministry said today .

A statement by the Ministry said that while recognizing the imperative need for dialogue and cooperation between the relevant stakeholders at this juncture, Sri Lanka urges the concerned parties to work in close coordination within the existing UN Security Council Resolutions, in order to ensure peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula.

The launch of the rocket early on Wednesday appears to have been a success, with stages falling in the areas North Korea had indicated they would, the BBC reported.

North Korea says a satellite has been placed in orbit; US defence officials have confirmed an object has been put into space.

In North Korea, the news of the rocket’s success was announced on state television.