Russia calls for restraint after DPRK's rocket launch

Russia called for restraint on Sunday after Democratic People’s Republic of Korea launched a long-range rocket, RIA-Novosti reported.

DPRK launched a multistage rocket with a communications satellite at 11:30 a.m. (02:30 a.m. GMT) over Japan on Sunday, defying pressure from the United States, Japan and South Korea and other countries, which suspect the communist regime of testing its Taepodong-2 long-range missile.

"We are checking whether this [launch] is a violation of the corresponding resolutions of the UN Security Council and call on all parties to refrain from actions that could lead to the escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

DPRK's launch of a long-range rocket was condemned by the United States and other countries. Meanwhile, the country insisted that the launch was meant to put a civilian satellite into orbit.

U.S. President Barack Obama said that North Korea's latest rocket launch was a clear violation of UN Security Council Resolution No. 1718, which prohibits North Korea from the launches of ballistic missiles.

Obama also said that DPRK could not be considered as a full-fledged member of the international community until it gave up attempts to create mass destruction weapons.

Meanwhile AFP reported that the US military on Sunday disputed North Korea's claim that it had launched a sattelite into space, saying "the payload itself landed in the Pacific Ocean."

"Stage one of the missile fell into the Sea of Japan," the North American Aerospace Defense Command and US Northern Command said in their brief account of the DPRK rocket launch.

"The remaining stages along with the payload itself landed in the Pacific Ocean," the commands said. "No object entered orbit and no debris fell on Japan."

The statement came after DPRK said its satellite was "rotating normally in its orbit".

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