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UK Summons N. Korean Ambassador over Rocket Launch

Britain summoned North Korea's ambassador Monday to condemn Pyongyang's announcement that it had put a satellite into orbit with a rocket launch.

The move announced Sunday was widely seen as a disguised ballistic missile test and was swiftly criticized by the U.N. Security Council.

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Global Outrage over North Korea Rocket Launch

North Korea hailed an "epochal event" but its latest long-range rocket launch Sunday prompted international anger and plans for talks on a U.S. missile defense system for the peninsula.

Pyongyang's state TV announced it successfully put a satellite into orbit, "legitimately exercising the right to use space for independent and peaceful purposes".

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Five Questions about N. Korea's Latest Rocket Launch

North Korea launched a long-range rocket Sunday, triggering fresh outrage from an international community already determined to punish Pyongyang for a nuclear test last month.

Here are five questions and answers on what lies behind the global concern over what North Korea insists is a purely scientific space program.

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S. Korea, U.S. to Discuss Deployment of U.S. Missile System

South Korean and U.S. defense officials said Sunday they would begin formal talks on the deployment on the Korean peninsula of a U.S. missile defense system to counter the growing threat from North Korea.

The announcement followed a North Korean rocket launch that the U.S. and its allies condemned as a covert ballistic missile test.

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N. Korea Rocket Launch Triggers Fresh Outrage, U.N. Vows Sanctions

The U.N. Security Council strongly condemned North Korea's rocket launch on Sunday and agreed to move quickly to impose new sanctions that will punish Pyongyang for "these dangerous and serious violations."

With backing from China, Pyongyang's ally, the council again called for "significant measures" during an emergency meeting held after North Korea said it had put a satellite into orbit with a rocket launch.

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Russia Urges N.Korea to Avoid Escalating Tensions with Rocket Launch

Russia urged North Korea on Thursday to avoid escalating tensions with a planned rocket launch, expressing "grave concern" over the announcement.

The Russian foreign ministry said in a statement that it had summoned the North Korean ambassador in Moscow over Pyongyang's announcement that it will launch a satellite-bearing rocket sometime between February 8-25.

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N.Korea Apparently Preparing 'some Kind of Launch', Says U.S. Official

North Korea appears to be readying for some kind of a rocket launch, a U.S. defense official said Thursday, though it did not appear to be a ballistic missile.

The official's comments came after Japanese media reported that satellite imagery showed Pyongyang seemed to be preparing a long-range ballistic missile launch from the Dongchang-ri site in North Korea's west.

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U.S. 'Aware' of Reports of Citizen Detained in N. Korea

The United States is aware of reports that a U.S. citizen has been detained in North Korea, the State Department said Friday, after Pyongyang declared it had arrested an American student for an unspecified "hostile act".

"The welfare of U.S. citizens is one of the department's highest priorities," U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said in Davos, Switzerland.

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U.N. Envoy Calls for Pursuing N. Korea Criminal Responsibility on Human Rights

North Korea's leadership should be held criminally responsible for egregious human rights abuses, a U.N. envoy said Friday.

The United Nations has slammed the isolated nation for rights violations, detailing what it described as horrific abuses, including state-sponsored abductions, in a 2014 report.

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N. Korea Leader Wants Nuclear Deterrent as Proof against Downfall

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un is afraid of sharing the fate of slain dictators Saddam Hussein, Moammar Gadhafi and Al-Qaida's Osama bin Laden, and is working on a nuclear deterrent for this purpose, a former Japanese defense minister said Friday.

"Kim is very afraid to be killed like (Iraq's) Saddam Hussein, (Libya's) Moammar Gadhafi or Osama bin Laden," Satoshi Morimoto, who is now a national security expert, told a conference in Athens.

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