U.N. Security Council calls emergency meeting over North Korean rocket launch

Seoul, South Korea (CNN) – North Korea launched a satellite into space Sunday, its state media reported, triggering a wave of international condemnation and prompting the United States, South Korea and Japan to call for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council.

Though North Korea said the launch was for scientific and “peaceful purposes,” it is being widely viewed by other nations as a front to test a ballistic missile, especially coming on the heels of North Korea’s purported hydrogen bomb test last month.

Pyongyang carried out both acts in defiance of international sanctions.

 

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