The U.N. Security Council has strongly condemned North Korea for its attempted launch of a long-range rocket last week, and agreed to impose new sanctions on the increasingly isolated nation. The council unanimously adopted what is known as a "presidential statement," which called Friday's launch "a serious violation of existing Security Council resolutions aimed at halting Pyongyang's use of ballistic missile technology. Meanwhile, Japanese media reports quote diplomatic sources saying Pyongyang has rescinded an invitation for International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors to visit its nuclear facilities. The reports say the action was taken in retaliation for a U.S. decision to withhold food aid because of Friday's attempted satellite launch. The failed launch lasted only a few minutes and ended in embarrassment for Pyongyang when the rocket broke apart and fell into the Yellow Sea.
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice, who heads the Security Council this month, said the effort caused "grave security concerns" across much of East Asia. She noted that if Pyongyang chooses to defy the international community again, the Security Council will act accordingly. The U.N. condemnation demands that the North refrain from any further launches using ballistic missile technology and abandon "all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner." In 2006 and 2009, North Korea followed rocket launches with nuclear tests. There was no immediate North Korean response to the latest U.N. resolution.
2012-04-18 21:21 编辑：crystal156
The US Congress moved closer to punishing China for allegedly manipulating its currency, as a key committee of the House of Representatives voted to advance legislation that could
Hillary Clinton, US secretary of state, turned the diplomatic tables on Iran yesterday when she announced agreement among the world's major powers on fresh sanctions against Tehran