Russian space control: DPRK satellite not placed in orbit
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    MOSCOW, April 6 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has not placed its satellite into the near-Earth orbit, Russian media reported Monday.

    "Our space control system has not registered the placement of the DPRK satellite into orbit. According to our data, it simply is not there," the Interfax news agency cited a high-ranking source with the Russian General Staff as saying.

    The DPRK's official media reported Sunday that the country successfully launched a rocket carrying the "Kwangmyongsong-2" communications satellite which entered orbit about 10 minutes after launch.

    However, South Korea and the United States said the launch failed to put the satellite into orbit.

    The UN Security Council held an emergency session on the DPRK launch on Sunday afternoon at the request of Japan.

    The president of the Security Council, Mexican UN Ambassador Claude Heller, told reporters at the end of the closed-door meeting that members of the 15-nation body "agreed to continue consultations to take appropriate actions" in response to the DPRK rocket launch.

A South Korean soldier watches a TV news report on DPRK's rocket launch, at a railway station in Seoul April 5, 2009. DPRK launched a long-range rocket over Japan on Sunday. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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UN Security Council meets on DPRK rocket launch

    UNITED NATIONS, April 5 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council on Sunday afternoon began to meet behind closed doors to discuss how to respond to the rocket launch of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), as the United States seeks "a strong collective action" and France wants to see "unanimous action."

    The 15-nation Council kicked off the emergency session at about3:15 p.m. EDT (1915 GMT) on Sunday at the request of the Japanese Mission to the United Nations.  Full story

Security Council members agree to continue to work for proper actions on DPRK launch 

    UNITED NATIONS, April 5 (Xinhua) -- The president of the UN Security Council, Mexican UN Ambassador Claude Heller, told reporters here on Sunday that members of the 15-nation body "agreed to continue consultations to take appropriate actions" in response to the rocket launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).  Full story

Chinese UN ambassador: Security Council reaction to DPRK launch should be "cautious and proportionate"

    UNITED NATIONS, April 5 (Xinhua) -- China said here on Sunday that the reaction of the UN Security Council to the Pyongyang rocket launch should be "cautious and proportionate."

The Chinese permanent representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Zhang Yesui speaks to reporters outside Security Council chambers after an emergency meeting at UN headquarters in New York, the United States, April 5, 2009. China said here on Sunday that the reaction of the UN Security Council to the Pyongyang rocket launch should be "cautious and proportionate." (Xinhua/Gu Xinrong)

The Chinese permanent representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Zhang Yesui speaks to reporters outside Security Council chambers after an emergency meeting at UN headquarters in New York, the United States, April 5, 2009. China said here on Sunday that the reaction of the UN Security Council to the Pyongyang rocket launch should be "cautious and proportionate." (Xinhua/Gu Xinrong)
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    The Chinese permanent representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Zhang Yesui, made the statement to the press here at the end of a closed-door meeting of the Security Council. The 15-nation Council on Sunday afternoon held an emergency session on the rocket launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) at the request of Japan.  Full story

U.S. calls for "most appropriate and strong response" to DPRK rocket launch 

    WASHINGTON, April 5 (Xinhua) -- U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said Sunday the United States expects the UN Security Council to take "the most appropriate and strong response" to the missile launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Yukio Takasu, Japan's Ambassador to the United Nations, addresses the media prior to an emergency Security Council meeting called by Japan on April 5, 2009 at UN headquarters in New York after the rocket launch of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). (Xinhua/Gu Xinrong)
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    "The U.S. is working very closely with Japan," Rice told ABC television, hours before the UN Security Council holds an emergency session to discuss the DPRK rocket launch. Full story

China calls for restraint on DPRK launching activity

    BEIJING, April 5 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said here Sunday that China has taken notice of the launching activity by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Sunday morning, and also noticed responses from relevant parties.

    "The DPRK earlier announced to launch experimental communications satellite. We have taken notice of the launching activity by the DPRK this morning, and also noticed responses from relevant sides," Jiang said.  Full story

S Korea official says DPRK failed to put satellite into orbit

    SEOUL, April 5 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) failed to send a satellite into orbit, South Korean Defense Minister Lee Sang-hee said Sunday.

    The DPRK official media reported earlier that it had successfully launched a rocket carrying a communications satellite.  Full story  

Japan not intercept DPRK's rocket but lodges protest

    TOKYO, April 5 (Xinhua) -- The Japanese government said no interceptor was launched against Pyongyang's rocket which cleared the country on Sunday morning, but it lodged strong protest against the projectile.

    Japanese Prime Minister Aso Taro said the launch is a clear violation of a UN Security Council resolution, calling it "provocative" and "cannot be overlooked."  Full story

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