US President Barack Obama said Sunday that North Korea’s rocket launch was “provocative,” amounted to a test of the long-range Taepodong-2 missile, and called for a UN Security Council meeting.
“The launch today of a Taepodong-2 missile was a clear violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1718, which expressly prohibits North Korea from conducting ballistic missile-related activities of any kind,” Obama said in a written statement issued from Prague.
“With this provocative act, North Korea has ignored its international obligations, rejected unequivocal calls for restraint, and further isolated itself from the community of nations.
“We will immediately consult with our allies in the region, including Japan and the Republic of Korea, and members of the UN Security Council to bring this matter before the Council,” Obama said, on the latest leg of a debut European tour.
“I urge North Korea to abide fully by the resolutions of the UN Security Council and to refrain from further provocative actions.”