PHNOM PENH, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia on Wednesday expressed regret over the rocket launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), saying that the move could lead to more tension on the Korean Peninsula.
"The government of Cambodia regrets over the DPRK's rocket launch which has caused fears and could lead to escalating tension on the Korean Peninsula," spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Koy Kuong said. "The DPRK has been ignoring calls and concerns by other countries."
The DPRK successfully launched a satellite into orbit earlier Wednesday, the country's official KCNA news agency reported.
The DPRK, whose previous attempt in April ended in failure, was prohibited by the UN Security Council resolutions from launching long-range rocket with ballistic missile technology.
Wednesday's launch was made just two days after Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, ASEAN Chair in 2012, appealed to DPRK to call off the launch plan.